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International Journal of Agricultural Research
Year: 2007  |  Volume: 2  |  Issue: 11  |  Page No.: 971 - 975

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

B.S. Malami and I.A. Abdullahi    

Abstract: An experiment was conducted to investigate the effect of phosphorus application on the growth and fodder yield of Lablab (Lablab purpureus) at 13° 1'N, 5° 15'E. Treatments consisted of factorial combinations of three levels of phosphates fertilizer (0, 40 and 80 kg ha-1) in 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, stand count 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 the tenth week. The treatments consist of three levels of phosphates fertilizer. Results indicated that the levels of phosphorus application had no significant (p>0.05) effect on mean stand count at all sampling dates. The mean plant height, leaf length, leaf width and number of leaves were however significantly (p<0.05) affected by the phosphorus application. All the parameters observed, with the exception of the stand count, increased with the increasing levels of phosphorus application. Mean drymatter yield of 1208 kg ha-1 was obtained at 10 WAP. It was therefore concluded that phosphorus application had a significant effect on the growth components and yield of Lablab purpureus in the semi-arid zone of Nigeria.

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