Ziblim Et Al

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Ziblim et al



Greener
Journal of  Agricultural Sciences

Vol. 2 (
7), pp.
329 –
333
,
November
2012


 ISSN: 2276-7770 



Research

Paper


Manuscript Number:
101912121

 



Effects of Season on the Mineral (Potassium, Calcium,
Phosphorus, Magnesium) Levels of Pennisetum
Pedicellatum
in Northern Ghana

 



Imoro Abukari Ziblim, Khan Aikins Timothyand
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

Abstract:

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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