Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 9 No. 1

Response of Integrated Nutrient Management on Growth, Yield Attributs and Yield of Grain Amaranth (Amaranthus hypochondriacus L.) under Middle Gujarat Conditions

C.R. Neeraja, M.V. Patel, H.K. Patel* and R.A. Patel

Department of Agronomy, B. A. College of Agriculture, Anand Agricultural University, Anand - 388110, India.

Received on 23 November 2014 and accepted on 03 January 2015

 

ABSTRACT

A field experiment was conducted at the College Agronomy Farm, B.A.College of Agriculture, Anand Agricultural University, Anand, Gujarat in rabi season of the year 2011-2012 to study the effect of integrated nutrient management in grain amaranths under middle Gujarat conditions. The experiment was laid down in Randomized Block design comprising of ten treatments including 100 % RDFwith four replications. The soil of experimental area was loamy sand with low in available nitrogen (141.42 kg/ha), organic carbon (0.22 %), medium in available phosphorus (44.83 kg/ha) and high in available potash (300 kg/ha) with pH of 7.8. The results revealed thatapplication of 50% RDF + Vermicompost @ 2t ha-1 mixed with azetobacter& PSB recorded higher plant height at harvest, paniclelength and number of panicles plant-1. While, days to 50%flowering was significantly affected by application of 50% RDF + NADEP Compost @ 4t ha-1mixed with azetobacter& PSB. Significantly higher lodging percentage was recorded in treatment application of 100% RDF + Vermicompost @ 1t ha-1. Application of 50 % RDF + vermicompost @ 2 t/ha mixed with azetobacter and PSB recorded higher grain and straw yields, test weight, Protein content and higher net realization.

Keywords : Vermicompost, FYM, PSB, Azetobacter and, Amaranth.