FODDER YIELD AND QUALITY OF PEARLMILLET GENOTYPES AS INFLUENCED BY NITROGEN LEVELS
BHAGAT SINGH, D. S. RANA, U. N. JOSHI1 AND A. K. DHAKA
Department of Agronomy
CCS Haryana Agricultural University,
Hisar-125 004 (Haryana), India
(Received : 18 December, 2012, Accepted : 25 December, 2012)
Field experiment was conducted at main Forage Research Area, CCSHAU, Hisar during kharif 2010 to study the relative performance of pearlmillet genotypes at different nitrogen levels for high forage production. Treatments comprising seven pearlmillet genotypes (JHPM 08-1, NDFB 13, NDFB 11, AFB 4, AFB 3, Raj Bajra Chari-2 (NC) and Giant Bajra (NC) and four nitrogen levels (0, 30, 60 and 90 kg N/ha) were laid out in factorial randomized block design with three replications. The growth and fodder yield of pearlmillet genotypes were influenced significantly with different nitrogen levels. The genotype Giant Bajra significantly outyielded all the other genotypes except JHPM 08-1. The application of 90 kg N/ha produced 53.6, 26.0 and 12.0 per cent higher green fodder yield and 53.2, 25.9 and 11.9 per cent higher dry matter yield over 0, 30 and 60 kg N/ha, respectively.
Key words : Green fodder yield, Nitrogen, Fodder quality, Pearlmillet