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Asian Journal of Plant Sciences
Year: 2002  |  Volume: 1  |  Issue: 2  |  Page No.: 82 - 84

Improvement of Saline Soil Productivity Through Farm Yard Manure, Amendment and Coated Seeds for Fodderbeet Cultivation

Banaras, H. Niazi, Jelte Rozema, Badr-uz-Zaman and M. Salim    

Abstract: A pot experiment was conducted on saline sodic soil (pH = 9.49, EC = 7.92 dSm-1, SAR = 73.26, ESP = 51.64) to determine the effect of farm yard manure (FYM) amendment on the growth of fodderbeet using two types of seeds i.e. coated and non-coated. Shoot growth was enhanced by the addition of FYM in either non saline or saline sodic soil. Non-coated seeds produced taller plants than coated ones. Root growth was slower than shoot. Number of leaves/plant significantly (P < 0.05) increased by the addition of FYM to the soil. Plant fresh and dry weight is increased in the presence of FYM in the soil. Protein and chlorophyll “b” content increased in plants produced from the coated seeds in the presence of FYM treatment.

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