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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 2011 | Volume: 14 | Issue: 7 | Page No.: 461-465
DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2011.461.465
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An investigation on Different Harvesting Methods on Young Pods of KKU # 922 Maize (Zea mays L.) Cultivar for Baby Corn Production

S. Kasikranan

This study aimed to search for the best indicator to be used for the harvest of maize pods for baby corn production. A Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) with four replications was used. The treatments are: T1 (Control) Taking sample when silks of female flower had extended from tip of pod up to 3 cm long T2, silks had extended 1 cm long T3, silks had extended 2 cm long T4, blooming of female flower for 2 days T5, blooming of female flowers for 4 days T6, blooming of female flower for 6 days T7, one third blooming of male flower T8, two third blooming of male flower and T9, full bloom of male flower. Five baby corn Characteristics were used i.e., (1) fresh weight of whole ears, (2) fresh weight of ears without husk, (3) commercial standard ears, (4) off standard ears and (5) disordered kernel-rows of ears. A range of scores from 1 to 9 was applied to judge quality and yield in each item of the five baby corn characteristics. A score of 1 = the best whilst further increases in scores indicated the decline in quality of baby corn. The results showed that an indicator for use in harvesting pods of maize for baby corn production was found with T6, i.e. the best time for the harvest of pods is when the female flowers had bloomed for 6 days after the appearance of silks.
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How to cite this article:

S. Kasikranan , 2011. An investigation on Different Harvesting Methods on Young Pods of KKU # 922 Maize (Zea mays L.) Cultivar for Baby Corn Production. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 14: 461-465.

DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2011.461.465






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