Vol. 6, Issue 4 (2017)
Effect of levels of phosphorus and zinc on growth and yield of Kabuli chickpea (Cicer kabulium L.)
Author(s): Kareti Sai Siva Rama Krishna and PJ George
Abstract: A field experiment was conducted during Rabi season of 2016-17 at Crop Research Farm, Department of Agronomy, SHUATS, Allahabad, (U.P) to study the effect of levels of phosphorus and zinc on growth and yield of Kabuli Chickpea (Cicer kabulium L.) var. Pusa-1088. The experiment was laid out in Randomized Block Design with three replications. The experiment consisted of twelve treatment combinations comprising of four levels of Phosphorus (@ 40, 50, 60 and 70 kg P ha-1) along with three levels of Zinc (@ 0, 15 and 20 kg ZnSO4 ha-1) in combination with basal application of Nitrogen and Potassium each @ 20 and 40 kg ha-1. The experimental results revealed that Soil application (Basal) of Phosphorus and Zinc @ 70 kg P, 20 kg ZnS04 ha-1 recorded significantly higher dry weight (35.00 g plant-1), more no. of branches (19.5 plant-1), pods plant-1 (55.99), grains pod-1 (1.45) and maximum Seed index (44.86 g)and seed yield (3387 kg ha-1). The interaction of Phosphorus and Zinc was significant for all the major parameters. These results suggested that the application of P and Zn to Kabuli Chickpea affect its yield significantly and also found that P fertilizer @ 70 kg ha-1 and ZnSO4 @ 20 kg ha-1 proved effective for optimum production.