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Effect of Moisture Conservation Practices and Zinc Fertilization on Nutrient Status and Quality of Pearlmillet Pennisetum glaucum (L.) under Rainfed Condition

DOI: 10.18805/IJARe.A-5499    | Article Id: A-5499 | Page : 629-633
Citation :- Effect of Moisture Conservation Practices and Zinc Fertilization on Nutrient Status and Quality of Pearlmillet Pennisetum glaucum (L.) under Rainfed Condition.Indian Journal of Agricultural Research.2021.(55):629-633
Saroj Kumari Yadav, B.L. Dudwal, Vijay Laxmi Yadav, Sarita, K.C. Yadav, J.K. Yadav sarojyadav2507@gmail.com
Address : Department of Agronomy, S.K.N. College of Agriculture, Jobner-303 329, Rajasthan, India.
Submitted Date : 20-01-2020
Accepted Date : 10-09-2020

Abstract

Background: Pearlmillet growing areas in country are mostly confined to coarse texture soil suffering from the problem of poor moisture retention capacity, low soil fertility and zinc deficiency. The main problem of rainfed area is uncertainty and uneven distribution of rainfall and loss of water through runoff which lead to low and unstable productivity due to moisture stress at critical stage of crop growth. At present, widespread and acute deficiency of zinc is another serious problem in arid and semi-arid region. Hence, the current study aim to find out suitable moisture conservation practices and zinc fertilization to mitigate the water stress and zinc deficiency under rainfed condition.
Methods: A study on “Effect of moisture conservation practices and zinc fertilization on nutrient status and quality of pearlmillet” was conducted at Agronomy farm, S.K.N. College of Agriculture, Jobner (Rajasthan) during kharif, 2017. The experiment was laid out in randomized block design (RBD) with 20 treatments and replicated thrice. The experiment consisted of five moisture conservation practices i.e. control, dust mulch, pusa hydrogel, stover mulch and pusa hydrogel + stover mulch and four zinc fertilization practices i.e. control, 2 kg Zn/ha, 4 kg Zn/ha and 6 kg Zn/ha. 
Result: The perusal of data clearly indicated that among moisture conservation practices, stover mulch proved significantly superior to control, dust mulch, pusa hydrogel with respect to higher in N, P, K and  Zn content, their total uptake and protein content in pearlmillet but it was at par with pusa hydrogel + stover mulch. Under zinc fertilization treatments direct application of 6.0 and 4.0 kg Zn/ha being at par with each other and recorded significantly higher in nutrient content, protein content and total uptake of N, Zn and K over control.

Keywords

Pearlmillet Pusa hydrogel Stover mulch Zinc fertilizer

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