International Journal of Chemical Studies
Vol. 5, Issue 6 (2017)
Effect of nutrient management on yield and quality of finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn)
Author(s): Sandhya Rani Y, Triveni U, Patro TSSK and Anuradha N
Finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn) is a staple food crop grown by subsistence farmers in red sandy loam soils of North Coastal Zone and scarce rainfall zone of Andhra Pradesh. It is commonly known as “Nutricereals” and is nutritionally superior to many cereals providing proteins, minerals, calcium and vitamins in abundance and is highly valued by traditional farmers as it is nutritious, drought tolerant, short duration and requires low inputs. High yielding varieties of finger millet require comparatively large quantities of both macro and micronutrients and are expected to respond favourably to their application. In view of this finger millet widely grown and commonly consumed in India was explored as a vehicle for fortification with zinc and iron. A field experiment was conducted to study the yield responses of finger millet pre released variety VR 900 to graded doses of inorganic fertilizers (macronutrients and micronutrients) which has been shown to be important for early establishment of finger millet. The experimental results indicated that significantly higher grain and straw yields of finger millet were recorded in the treatment with 150% RDF+ZnSO4 0.5% foliar spray + FeSO4 0.2% foliar spray (78.1q/ha and 33.7q/ha respectively). The highest available soil macronutrients and uptake of plant macronutrients was also found in the same treatment. Whereas the highest available Zn in the soil was found in the treatment 150% RDF+ZnSO4 soil application + FeSO4 0.2% foliar spray (3.32ppm), and the highest available Fe in the treatment 150% RDF+ FeSO4 0.2% foliar spray (17.63ppm).
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Sandhya Rani Y, Triveni U, Patro TSSK, Anuradha N. Effect of nutrient management on yield and quality of finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn). Int J Chem Stud 2017;5(6):1211-1216.