Olowookere And Oyerinde

Olowookere and Oyerinde

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 7 (8), pp. 189-196, October 2017.

ISSN: 2276-7770 

Research Article

Manuscript Number: 100217144


(DOI: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2017.8.100217144)

 

Effects of Nitrogen and Micronutrient on 

Biomass Accumulation of
Maize Varieties

 

Olowookere B. T. and *Oyerinde G.T.

 

Department of Soil
Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Abuja.


Abstract

The experiment was
conducted during the rainy seasons of 2008 and 2009 at the Institute for
Agricultural Research farm in Samaru (11o 11 N, 7o 38E),
Nigeria. The study was conducted with the objectives of testing the effects of
nitrogen levels and micronutrients on stover yield of maize varieties (Quality
Protein Maize QPM and normal maize). The treatments consisted of four rates of
nitrogen fertilizer (0, 50, 100 and 150kgNha-1), two rates of
micronutrients (0, cocktail mixtures of Cu, Fe, Zn, B and Mo) and four maize
varieties SAMMAZ 14, SUSUMA (QPM), SAMMAZ 11 and SAMMAZ 12 (normal maize) which
gave a total of thirty-two (32) treatments with basal application of 60kgha-1P
as P2O5 and 60kgha-1K as K2O. This
was tested in a Randomized Complete Block Design with three replications with a
total of 96 plots respectively. The fertilizer treatments were factorially
combined. The Stover yield increased as the nitrogen rate increased. The Stover
yield trend was in this order: SAMMAZ 11 > SUSUMA > SAMMAZ 14 > SAMMAZ
12. Farmers can therefore adopt the QPM varieties (SUSUMA and SAMMAZ 11) since
it is easy to cultivate like the normal maize in the same environment and
climatic conditions with higher biomass yield.

 

Keywords: maize variety,
nitrogen, micronutrient, Northern Guinea Savannah, stover yield.

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