EFFECT OF SOWING TIME AND NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT ON GROWTH, YIELD AND NUTRIENT STATUS OF SOIL IN SUMMER SESAME (SESAMUM INDICUM L.) UNDER MIDDLE GUJARAT CONDITIONSHansa Lakhran, A. C. Sadhu and Sanju Kumawat
A field experiment was conducted at College Agronomy Farm, B. A. College of Agriculture, Anand Agricultural University, Anand, Gujarat during 2014 to evaluate the influence of summer season sesame under different sowing time and nutrient management levels on production and soil health. Sesame sowing at 20th February (D2) was significantly superior to 10th February and 01st March in respect to plant height,b number of branches, dry matter accumulation and yield except plant height at 30 days after sowing (DAS) and dry matter accumulation at 60 DAS in sowing at 01st March with which it was at par. Application of 75% RDF + 5 t FYM ha-1 + Bio-fertilizer (Azospyrillium + PSB) were also better than those of 50% RDF + 5 t FYM ha-1, 50% RDF + 5 t FYM ha-1 + Bio-fertilizer, 75% RDF + 5 t FYM ha-1 and 100% RDF in respect of plant height, number of branches, dry matter accumulation, yield, organic carbon and available N & P in soil.
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