Growth, yield and quality performance of Pearl Millet (Pennisetum americanum L.) varieties under Faisalabad conditions, Pakistan

Hassan, M. and Ahmad, A. and Zamir, S.I. and Haq, I. and etl, . (2014) Growth, yield and quality performance of Pearl Millet (Pennisetum americanum L.) varieties under Faisalabad conditions, Pakistan. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 5. pp. 2215-2223.

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Livestock industry of Pakistan is expanding day by day. To meet its growing demand high fodder yielding and nutritious varieties of fodder crops are needed. Pearl millet (Pennisetum americanum L.) is an excellent choice for this purpose. In order to explore the possibility of the better yield potential varieties of pearl millet performed in a good manner under agro ecological conditions of Faisalabad during the year 2012. A field experiment was conducted at Agronomic Research Area, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan. Randomized complete block design was used with three replications; the net plot size was 1.8 m × 6 m. The experiment was comprised of nine millet varieties named Cholistani Bajra, Barani Bajra, MB-87, Sargodha Bajra 2011, 18-BY, Super Bajra-1, PARC-MS-2, 86-M-52 and FB-822. All other agronomic practices were kept normal and constant. Data on yield and yield components were recorded by standard procedure. Significant results were recorded among the varieties for forage growth and yield. The variety 86-M-52 produced maximum forage and dry matter yield because of more number of leaves (14), leaf area (3540.1 cm2) followed by Sargodha Bajra-2011. All cultivars have statistically significant differences in respect of quality characteristics. However, non-significant differences were observed among cultivars regarding ash contents. The cultivar Sargodha Bajra-2011 has the highest crude protein (10.347%) and the cultivar FB-822 has the minimum crude protein percentage (6.733%). While PARC-MS-2 has the highest crude fiber percentage (34.667%) but variety MB-87 has the minimum crude fiber (24.333%). Variety 86-M-52 proved better for getting higher forage yield followed by Sargodha Bajra-2011 than all other varieties. Sargodha Bajra-2011 is the best cultivar that performed well in respect of quality parameters under irrigated conditions of Faisalabad.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Forage, Fiber, Varieties, Quality
Author Affiliation: Department of Agronomy, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan
Subjects: Plant Production
Divisions: Millet
Depositing User: Mr T L Gautham
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2016 10:40
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2016 10:40

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