RESPONSE OF FODDER SORGHUM (SORGHUM BICOLOR (L.) MOENCH) TO ZINC AND IRON

D.S. RANA, BHAGAT SINGH, K. GUPTA, A. K. DHAKA* AND SATYAWAN ARYA

Forage Section, Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding

* Department of Agronomy

CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar

(Email: bsdahiya@gmail.com)

(Received: 1 October 2013; Accepted: 25 October 2013)

SUMMARY

A field experiment was conducted during kharif season of 2009 and 2010 at main Forage Research Area, CCS HAU, Hisar. The experiment was laid out in randomized block design with three replications and eight treatments (Table 1). The foliar application of 0.5% ZnSO4 at 35 and 45 DAS recorded maximum green fodder yield of 593.3 q/ha  and 488.3 q/ha as well as dry matter yield of 171.6 and 141.6 q/ha during 2009 and 2010, respectively. The foliar application of ZnSO4 and FeSO4 with RDF does not improve the quality of fodder.

Key words: zinc and iron, foliar application, fodder yield, fodder sorghum

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