Ziblim et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 2 (7), pp.329 - 333, November 2012
Effects of Season on the Mineral (Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium) Levels of Pennisetum Pedicellatum in Northern Ghana
Imoro Abukari Ziblim, Khan Aikins Timothy and Akaffo Phillip
University for Development studies Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources Nyankpala Campus,
P.O. Box TL 1882, Tamale, Ghana.
Corresponding Author’s Email: zibso2 @ yahoo.com, Tel: +233243288274
The aim of this study was to analyse the mineral
(Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, and Magnesium) levels of
Pennisetum pedicellatum in the wet and dry seasons.
Purposive sampling was used to locate three different places
where the grass was found. Pennisetum pedicellatum samples
were harvested in both the wet and the dry seasons and
analysed for their mineral levels. Magnesium and Calcium
levels showed no significant difference (p>0.05) between the
wet and dry seasons whiles Phosphorus and Potassium showed
significant difference (p<0.05) between the wet and dry
seasons. It was observed that the levels of Phosphorus,
Potassium and Magnesium were higher in the wet season as
compared to the dry season, except for Calcium which was
high in the dry season. Since the levels of Phosphorus,
Potassium and Magnesium were higher in the wet season and
lower in the dry season, it is recommended that Pennisetum
pedicellatum should be harvested in the wet season for
feeding animals and hay preparation.
Keywords: Pennisetum pedicellatum, Seasons, minerals, Natural pastures, minerals
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