Linseed is one of the oilseed crops introduced earlier in Ethiopia and is currently grown widely next to sesame and noug. The demand for linseed oil production and home consumption increased and needs production enhancement by providing the ideal varieties for the growers. The objective of the current study was to evaluate the performance of newly released linseed varieties in the agroecology of the West Shewa zone of the Oromia region and identify the highest yielders and a stable variety for the farmers of the area. A total of six improved varieties, including local check, were evaluated using a randomized complete block design with three replications at three districts of the West Shewa zone during the 2020/2021 cropping season. The analysis of variance over multi-locations revealed that varieties across locations were significantly (p≤0.01) different for phenological traits like days to flower and maturity. Likewise, locations induced a significant variation for all traits evaluated. From the mean performance varieties, Yadeno and Kulumsa-1 gave the highest seed yield of 1641.4Kgha-1 and 1516.7Kgha-1, respectively. Besides, variety Yadeno showed a consistence performance across all locations. Thus these two high-yielder varieties have to be demonstrated and promoted to the farmers of the West Shewa zone to enhance the production of linseed.
Ethiopia, flax seed, linseed, Linum usitatissimum, multi-location trail, RBD, trait evaluation, performance, yield
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