Abdulai Et Al

Abdulai et al

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences

Vol. 10(3), pp. 163-172, 2020

ISSN: 2276-7770

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Comparison
of Maize Yield from Different Yara Fertilization Regimes in Four Locations in
the Guinea Savanna Zone of Ghana

 

 

ABDULAI,
Fuseini
¹*, KUGBE,
Xorse Joseph
¹, BADII, Kongyeli
Benjamin
¹, NBOYINE,
Asalma Jerry
²

 

 

¹Department
of Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture, University for Development Studies, P. O.
Box 1882, Tamale, Ghana.

² CSIR-Savanna Agricultural Research
Institute, P. O. Box 52, Tamale, Ghana.

 

 

ARTICLE INFO

ABSTRACT

 

Article
No.:
082620109

Type: Research

 

 

Low soil fertility has been a major constraint
to the increased and sustainable production of maize in the savanna ecology
of Ghana. Studies were conducted to compare the yield of maize from
different application regimes of YARA fertilizer (Actyva, Unik-15, NPK,
Sulfan, Urea and Sulphate of Ammonia) in four locations (Nyankpala, Yendi,
Walewale and Damongo) within the Guinea savanna zone of Ghana. The fields
were laid out in a randomized complete block design with four replications
for each treatment. Data were taken on grain yield and 100 seed weight of
maize, and subjected to analysis of variance, with treatment means separated
at a probability of 5% using the least significant difference. There was no
significant difference in maize yield between Act@125kg/ha+Act@250kg/ha and
Act@250kg/ha+Act@125kg/ha. However, Act@250kg/ha+Sul@125kg/ha, though
inferior to the other Actyva treatments, gave higher yield than
U15@250kg/ha+SOA@125kg/ha. Soils at the different locations responded
differently to the fertilization regimes. Damango tended to have similar
maize yields on plots that received fertilization. In Walewale, all the
Actyva treatments gave similar high yields that were greater (p<0.05)
than yields of U15@250kg/ha+SOA@125kg/ha and the unfertilized plot. For
Yendi, Uk15@250kg/ha+SOA@125kg/ha gave similar yield as
NPK@250kg/ha+Urea@125kg/ha. In both Walewale and Yendi, Sulfan top dressed
treatment gave similar high yield as the Actyva top dressed treatment.,
indicating superior performance of Sulfan to SOA or Urea top dressed
treatments. Yield increase of up to 500% were recorded in the Actyva
treatments, and attributed to the inclusion of S, B and Zn that enhanced
synergy in growth promoting factors, and improvements in P and N-uptake that
favoured maize growth and yield. Farmers can achieve maximum maize yield in
the ecology through fertilization with Actyva formulations.

 

Accepted:  01/09/2020

Published: 13/11/2020

 

*Corresponding Author

ABDULAI, Fuseini

E-mail:
fabdulai995@
gmail. com

Phone: +233546237186

 

Keywords:

Fertilizer protocols; Grain yield; Zea mays;
Actyva; Ghana; Savanna ecology.

 

 

 


 


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Cite this Article: Abdulai, F; Kugbe, XJ;
Badii, KB; Nboyine, AJ (2020). Comparison of Maize Yield from Different Yara
Fertilization Regimes in Four Locations in the Guinea Savanna Zone of Ghana. Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences
10(3): 163-172.

 

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