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International Journal of Agricultural Research
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 3  |  Issue: 2  |  Page No.: 140 - 147

Soil Properties, Leaf Nutrient Composition and Yield of Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench) as Affected by Broiler Litter and NPK 15:15: 15 Fertilizers in Ekiti State, Nigeria

S.O. Omotoso and O.S. Shittu    

Abstract: The effect of Broiler litter and NPK 15-15-15 fertilizers on soil properties, growth and yield of okra (Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench) were investigated at the Teaching and Research Farm, University of Ado-Ekiti and a farmer`s field at Omuo Ekiti (Southern guinea savannah soil), Nigeria. The treatments consisted of 0, 2, 4 MT ha-1 Broiler litter (Poultry manure) and 150 kg ha-1 NPK 15-15-15 fertilizer. The results indicated a significant increase in growth parameters in those plants planted in NPK 15-15-15 fertilized plot than poultry manure plot. However, growth parameters (plant height, stem girth and number of leaves) were increased significantly (p<0.05) as manure rates increased. Poultry manure at 4 MT ha-1 gave significant increase in fruit yield of okra in both location leading to 20.1 and 14.6% increase, respectively for Ado-Ekiti and Omuo Ekiti over the unfertilized plot (control). Leaf nutrient content was also increase with increasing rates of poultry manure.

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