ISSN: 0973-7510

E-ISSN: 2581-690X

S.K. Maurya, Ramawatar Meena , R.N. Meena1, R.K. Meena, Balu Ram, M.K. Verma and Avinash Rai
1Department of Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221 005, India.
2Department of Agronomy, I.Ag.Sc., BHU, Varanasi, India.
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2015;9(Spl. Edn. 2):351-355
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Received: 06/08/2015 | Accepted: 11/10/2015 | Published: 30/11/2015

Mulching is one of the important agronomic practices in conserving the soil moisture and modifying the soil physical environment. A field experiment was conducted under rainfed conditions at Agronomy farm of Rajiv Gandhi South Campus, Brakachha (BHU) Mirzapur which is situated in Vindhyan region of district Mirzapur (25º 10’ latitude, 82º 37’ longitude and altitude of 427 meters above mean sea level) to find out the effect of organic manure and mulching on growth and yield of pearl millet crop. The experiment was laid out in a randomized complete block design with 10 different treatments. Though all the mulch treatments improved plant height, no. of tillers plant-1 and dry matter accumulation, yield attributes viz; ear length, ear diameter and test weight, grain yield, straw yield and harvest index at different stages (20,40,60 DAS and at harvest) of pearl millet. However, treatment Legume straw mulching + FYM + Vermicompost was found to be superior in all growth parameter and yield of pear millet followed by treatment Water hyacinth mulch + FYM +Vermicompost.


Mulching, Organic sources, Growth parameters, Pearl millet, Rainfed, yield

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