Wheat is one of the staple cereal crops for production and consumption in Ethiopia. Frequently using the same varieties of wheat in the same field for successive cropping seasons is one of the problems in the study area. The experiments were conducted at Wachemo University main station and Anlemo district in the 2021 main cropping season to select and recommend the best performing and high yielding varieties. Twenty newly improved and released varieties with the local check were evaluated in a randomized complete block design with three replications. The results of the variance analysis showed highly significant differences (<0.001) in each location for most of the characteristics of the study. Balcha (6555.6kg/ha), Deka (6444.4 kg/ha) produce high yields in Wachemo district, similarly, they had (4811.1kg/ha) and (5541.7kg/ha) in Anlemo and Wachemo districts, respectively. Both varieties showed good performances in grain yield and other important agronomic traits in both locations followed by Boru (6333.3 kg/ha) and (4222.2kg/ha) respectively; suggested for further demonstration and popularization in the study area. Newly improved varieties had good potential in yield performances and other agronomic traits in the studied area indicated farmers give more attention to using newly improved varieties than released before.
Tesfaye Wolde, Mulugeta Abeba, Wondimu Tamirat, Kibemo Detamo. Performance evaluation of new improved and released varieties of bread wheat (Triticum Aestivum L.) for yield and related traits in mid altitude agroecologies of Hadiya Zone, Southern Ethiopia. International Journal of Botany Studies, Volume 7, Issue 4, 2022, Pages 160-167