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Winter hardiness in winter rye: problems and solutions

doi: 10.30766/2072-9081.2018.62.1.11-18.

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Utkina E.I., PhD in Вiological sciences, senior researcher, Head of the Department of winter rye, e-mail:
Kedrova L.I., DSc in Agricultural sciences, leading researcher of the Laboratory of breeding and primary seed raising of winter rye

Federal Agricultural Research Center of the North-East named N.V.Rudnitsky, Kirov, Russia

High winter hardiness is an advantage of winter rye over other cereals. This trait is determined by a number of parameters: biological and genetic properties, weather conditions and technological features. The main reasons of failure of winter rye sowings in North-East of European Russia are frost-killing and asphyxiation. Frost-killing is characteristic for beginning of winter with low snow cover and for cold spell in spring. The critical situation with frost damage in the region was recorded in 2009-2010 when soil temperature at the depth of tillering zone site continuously kept at -18 °С day and night. The depth of soil freezing was more than a meter. Winter wheat and triticale were almost completely winterkilled in Kirov region. The failure rate of winter rye Falenskaya 4 in Federal  Agricultural Scientific Center of North-East was equal to 17%. Annual damage of rye production in the region is caused by asphyxiation and affection by snow mold (M. nivale). On the average damage caused by this disease is 15-20% and in some years even more. Other unfavorable factors of overwintering are shell ice, damping-off and pushing-out of crops. Stability of winter rye production depends on observing the cultivation technology and breeding of highly winter-hardy varieties. Thus, winter resistance is one of the key priorities of breeding programs in North-East of European Russia. The development of such varieties depends on improvement the breeding methods and use of sources of winter hardiness corresponded to region conditions.

Keywords: winter rye, winter hardiness, frost-killing, asphyxiation, snow mold, cultivation technology varieties, sources of winter hardiness

For citation:

Utkina E.I., Kedrova L.I. Winter hardiness in winter rye: problems and solutions. Agrarnay nauka Evro-Severo-Vostoka. 2018. Vol. 62. no. 1. pp. 11-18. doi: 10.30766/2072-9081.2018.62.1.11-18.