EFFECT OF MULCHING AND NITROGEN ON GROWTH, YIELD AND ECONOMICS OF OKRA (ABELMOSCHUS ESCULENTUS)T.I. Bhutiaa, S.H. Singhb and K.C.S. Reddyc
Field experiment was carried out to study the effect of different mulching (black plastic mulch, green plastic mulch and organic mulch) and nitrogen levels (48kg (100%) nitrogen, 80% and 60% recommended dose of nitrogen) on growth, yield and economics of okra. The experiment was laid out in factorial randomized block design (FRBD) with three replication. The result showed that black plastic mulch and 100% nitrogen level significantly influenced all the growth and yield attributing traits except fruit girth and soil moisture content. The interaction effect was found to be significant for number of fruits per plant and fruit yield per plant. The highest gross (Rs.1, 82,000) and net returns (Rs. 1, 41,115) were recorded with T1 (black plastic mulch +100% nitrogen) while the lowest (Rs. 58912 and Rs. 42,437 respectively) was recorded with T9 (organic mulch + 60% nitrogen).
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