EVALUATION OF BABY CORN VARIETIES FOR FORAGE YIELD AND VARIOUS OTHER TRAITS IN MAIZE
MAHESH KUMAR*, S. P. S. BRAR AND SUKHCHAIN
Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics
Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana 141004, India
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(Received : 18 April 2015; Accepted : 23 May 2015)
Six varieties viz. FH-3438, VL Baby Corn, Vivek Hybrid-17, HIM-129, Parkash and HM-4 were evaluated for forage yield in addition to their picking yield and yield attributes of baby corn (Zea mays L.). Parkash gave the maximum green fodder yield (266.93 q/ha) which was significantly higher than all the varieties. Vivek Hybrid-17 (16.04 q/ha), gave significantly higher total baby corn yield without husk than all the varieties but it was at par with VL Baby Corn (15.26 q/ha). In first picking Vivek Hybrid-17 also showed significantly higher baby corn yield without husk (6.51 q/ha) than other varieties. However, in the second picking VL Baby Corn produced baby corn yield (5.26 q/ha) which was statistically at par with Vivek Hybrid-17 (5.15 q/ha) but higher than other varieties. In third picking, Parkash recorded slightly more baby corn yield without husk (4.58 q/ha), which was statistically at par with VL Baby Corn and Vivek Hybrid-17 but higher than all the varieties.
Key words:Baby corn, Zea mays, varieties, yield and yield attributes, fodder yield