Adaptability and stability of popcorn cultivars in the central-south of Brazil

The purpose of this work was to study the adaptability and stability of popcorn cultivars evaluated by Embrapa-Centro Nacional de Pesquisa de Milho e Sorgo in the year 1991/92. Fifteen cultivars were evaluated for yield, in 19 environments, and for popping expansion, in 15 environments, at the central-south of Brazil. The cultivars GO 100P, MF 1001, Pirapoca-Amarela, Pirapoca-Branca and Colorado Pop 1 were more promising, showing higher grain yield average (1,700 to 2,100 kg/ha) and reasonable popping expansion (17 to 21 mL/mL). In relation to yield, Pirapoca-Amarela and ColoradoPop1 cultivars were more adapted to favorable environments, and were stable. The MF 1001, Pirapoca-Branca and GO 100P showed to be responsive to the environmental stimulus, and were stable. In relation to popping expansion, all the cultivars were stable, and MF 1001, ColoradoPop1, Pirapoca-Amarela e Pirapoca-Branca cultivars showed to be responsive to the environmental stimulus. GO 100P cultivar was adapted to favorable environments.

Zea mays; varieties; hybrids; yields

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