INFLUENCE OF AZOSPIRILLUM AND ORGANIC MANURE ON GROWTH AND YIELD IN BROCCOLI UNDER INTERMEDIATE ZONE OF JAMMU & KASHMIR, INDIAAnil Bhushan and Vikas Sharma
A two year field experiment on integrated nutrient management (INM) in broccoli var. Early Green was conducted in Rabi seasons of 2009-10 and 2010-11 at Regional Agricultural Research Station, Rajouri, Shere Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Jammu. The experiment was laid in RBD and comprised of ten treatments with varying levels of nitrogen (50, 75 and 100 %) in combination with or without farm yard manure (FYM)@ 20 tonnes/ha and seedling dip with bio-fertilizer (Azospirillum spp.). The results revealed that among all the treatment combinations, the treatment combination comprising of 50% N + FYM (20t/ha) + seedling dip with Azospirillum recorded significantly highest yield (158.8 q/ha) followed by treatment combination of 75% N + FYM (20t/ha) + Azospirillum seedling dip (156.3 q/ha) which were found to be 28.8% and 27.4% higher than control (113.1q/ha) respectively. The increased yield in these two treatments can be attributed to the better overall performance of these treatment combinations which were manifested in significantly highest values of other main yield contributing characters namely, curd weight (between 130.9g and 129.4g) and curd diameter (between 10.3cm and 10.7cm).
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