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International Journal of Agricultural Research
Year: 2007  |  Volume: 2  |  Issue: 12  |  Page No.: 1054 - 1058

Preliminary Investigations on Egyptian Bean (Lablab purpereus L.) for Fodder in Semi-Arid Nigeria: Effects of Sowing Methods on Growth Components and Herbage Yield

B.S. Malami and H. Suleiman    

Abstract: An experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of sowing methods on the growth and herbage yield of Lablab (Lablab purpureus) at 13° 1’N, 5° 15’E in the semi-arid zone of Nigeria. Treatments consisted of three sowing methods (Broadcasting, Dibbling and Drilling). The experiment was designed as a Randomized Complete Block Design with three replications at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching and Research Farm in 2005/2006 cropping season. Plant height, leaf length, leaf width, leaf number and stand count yield were evaluated in every two weeks for ten weeks to monitor crop growth rate under different sowing methods. Herbage yield was estimated at the end of tenth week. Results indicated that mean number of leaves per plant and yield were significantly (p<0.05) affected by different sowing methods. Dibbling method recorded the highest number of leaves (4 plant-1) at 4 WAP (weeks after planting) while drilling recorded the least number of leaves (1 plant-1) at 10 WAP. Similarly, dibbling recorded the highest (p<0.05) yield of 1010 kg ha-1. It was therefore concluded that dibbling is the best method of sowing Lablab purpureus in the semi-arid environment of Sokoto district.

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