COMPARATIVE PERFORMANCE OF PEARL MILLET GENOTYPES IN TERMS OF YIELD AND QUALITY UNDER DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT
ARVIND KUMAR YADAV* AND ANIL KUMAR
Department of Agronomy
CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar-125004
The present investigation was carried out at Research Farm of Crop Physiology, Department of Agronomy, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, India for two consecutive years from 2011 to 2012. The treatments comprised pearl millet genotypes HHB 67 (Improved), HHB 197, HHB 223 and HHB 234 and two environment viz. rainfed and irrigated. The experiment was laid down in factorial randomized block design with three replications. The results indicated that effective tillers (2.4), earhead length (22.8 cm), grain (31.18 q ha-1) and stover yield (84.68 q ha-1) significantly higher under irrigated condition than rain fed environment. Interaction effect of environment and genotypes showed higher number of effective tillers, earhead length, grain and stover yield in the genotype HHB 223 under irrigated condition compared to other genotypes. Under rainfed condition these were higher in the genotype HHB 234. Zinc and iron content in grain significantly higher under rainfed condition (58.03 ppm) than irrigated environment (53.31 ppm). Genotype HHB 67 ‘Improved’ recorded significantly higher Zinc (63.82 ppm) and iron content (45.84 ppm) in grain compared to all other genotypes.
Key words: Pearl millet, genotypes, rainfed and irrigated