Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 9 No. 4

Integrated Nutrient Management in Summer Pearl Millet [Pennisetum glaucum (L) R. Br. Emend Stuntz]

Amit M. Polara, V. M. Patel and Anjita J. Hirpara

Department of Agronomy, N. M. College of Agriculture, NAU, Navsari, Gujarat, India.

Received on 04 September 2015 and accepted on 03 November 2015

 

ABSTRACT

A field experiment entitled ?Integrated nutrient management in summer pearl millet [Pennisetum glaucum (L) R. Br. Emend Stuntz]? was conducted during summer 2012 at Agronomy Farm, N. M. College of Agriculture, Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari. Sixteen treatment combinations comprising three types of manure with their specific dose viz. 10 t FYM ha-1 (M1), 2.5 t vermicompost ha-1 (M2) and 1.0 t castor cake ha-1 (M3) along with control viz., without manure (M1) and four levels of fertilizer viz. control (F1), 50 % RDF (F2), 75 % RDF (F3) and 100 % RDF (F4) were evaluated in factorial randomized block design with three replications. Application of 2.5 t vermicompost ha-1 (M3) recorded significantly higher grain (5893 kg ha-1) and straw yields (9941 kg ha-1) of summer pearl millet. These were 87.44 and 47.69 per cent higher over M1 (control), respectively. An application of 100% RDF (F4) to summer pearl millet resulted in significantly the higher grain (6166 kg ha-1) and straw yields (9935 kg ha-1). However it was at par with application 75 % RDF (F3). The increase in grain yield was 79.30 and 71.71 per cent higher with treatment F4 and F3 over F1 (control), respectively. The interaction effect of different types of manure and fertilizer levels on all parameters under study was found non-significant.

Keywords : FYM: Farm yard manure, RDF: Recommended dose of fertilizer