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Research Article
Effect of Farmyard Manure, Vermicompost and Chemical Nutrients on Growth and Yield of Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.)

Guriqbal Singh, H.S. Sekhon and Harpreet Kaur

International Journal of Agricultural Research, 2012, 7(2), 93-99.

Abstract

Adequate and balanced nutrition is essential for obtaining high grain yields. The aim of the study was to find out proper nutrient management in chickpea using different sources of nutrients. Two field experiments were conducted to study the effects of Farmyard manure (FYM), phosphorus, zinc sulphate, vermicompost and nitrogen+phosphorus application on the growth and yield of chickpea. On the basis of three-year mean, as compared to no application of nutrients, the application of 5 t FYM ha-1 improved chickpea grain yield by 14.89%, 30 and 60 kg P2O5 ha-1 by 14.81 and 21.85% and 25 kg ZnSO4 ha-1 by 5.18%. Chickpea grain yield increased with successive increase in dose of vermicompost from 0 to 3 and 2 t ha-1 seemed to be the optimum dose. Applications of 10 kg N + 20 kg P2O5 ha-1 and 20 kg N + 40 kg P2O5 ha-1 increased the grain yield by 18.97 and 24.20%, respectively over no application of nitrogen and phosphorus. Increase in grain yield with the application of various nutrients was due to improvement in plant growth and yield attributes. The study highlights the importance of using nutrients through various sources for realizing high productivity of chickpea.

ASCI-ID: 32-495

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