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Asian Journal of Agricultural Research
Year: 2007  |  Volume: 1  |  Issue: 2  |  Page No.: 67 - 73

Effect of Poultry Manure on the Growth, Yield and Nutrient Content of Fluted Pumpkin (Telfaria occidentalis Hook F)

M.A. Awodun    

Abstract: This study investigated effect of poultry manure treatments and NPK fertilizer on growth, leaf nutrient content and yield components of Telfaria (Telfaria occidentalis Hook F) grown on Akure soil in the rainforest zone of Nigeria. The treatments applied were 0, 2, 4 6 t ha-1 poultry manure and 250 kg ha-1 NPK 15-15-15 fertilizer. Growth and yield parameters such as number of leaves and branches, stem girth, length of internodes were increased by poultry manure treatments. However, NPK fertilizer increase stem girth and number of leaves more than poultry manure. Relative to control, 2, 4, 6 t ha-1 of poultry manure and NPK fertilizer increased number of branches by 6.01, 7.01, 7.23, 7.72 and 6.89%, respectively. The increases in number of leaves were 16.57, 20.17, 20.12, 20.63 and 22.50%. The 6.0 t ha-1 manure is recommended.

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