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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 1999  |  Volume: 2  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 80 - 82

Growth, Yield and Quality of Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum L.) As Affected by Different Levels of NPK Applications

M. Ayub, R. Ahmad, A. Tanveer, Hafiz Z. Ahmad and M.S. Sharar    

Abstract: Response of three sugarcane cultivars namely BL-4, SPSG-26 and SPSG-394 to NPK levels of 0-0-0, 200-0-0, 200-150-150 and 200-200-200 kg was studied under field conditions. Variety SPSG-394 gave the highest cane yield of 107.67 tons ha–1 compared to 88.85 and 58.53 tons ha–1 for the varieties BL-4 and SPSG-26, respectively. An increase of 16.27 and 26.13 tons ha–1 over control was recorded with the application of 200 kg N ha–1 alone and 200-150-150 kg NPK ha–1, respectively, Sucrose contents and commercial cane sugar were not affected significantly by fertilizer application. However, variety SPSG-26 gave significantly higher sucrose contents (18.82%) and commercial cane sugar (12.89%) than SPSG-394 and BL-4. The fertilizer application at 200-150-150 kg NPK ha–1 was found to be optimum level for achieving maximum cane yield.

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