IJBSAT 2018 Volume 9 Issue 7


International Journal of BioSciences, Agriculture and Technology (IJBSAT) ISSN: 0975 - 4539

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Abu Thomas, Inyang J.O, Rex-Ogbuku M.E, Idibiye Koki, & Friday O.J. (2018). Soil amendments by Organic and Inorganic Fertilizers for the Growth and Yield Performance of ABELMOSCHUS ESCULENTUS L. (MOENCH) (OKRA). International Journal of Biosciences, Agriculture and Technology (IJBSAT) ISSN: 0975 - 4539, 9(7), 51–63. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1493327

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Title:
Soil amendments by Organic and Inorganic Fertilizers for the Growth and Yield Performance of ABELMOSCHUS ESCULENTUS L. (MOENCH) (OKRA)

Authors & Affiliation:
Abu Thomas, Inyang J.O, Rex-Ogbuku M.E, Idibiye Koki, Friday O.J
Bioresources Development Centre, Odi, National Biotechnology Development Agency, Abuja, Nigeria
thomdgreat017@gmail.com, josephinyang24@yahoo.com, ediarex4@gmail.com, idibsko@gmail.com, joyodoronam@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT:
This study investigated the effects of soil amendments by organic and inorganic fertilizers for the growth and yield performance of Abelmoschus esculentus L. (Moench). Field trials were carried out at the field section of Bioresources Development Centre, Odi, in 2017 cropping season. The treatment consisted of sugarcane-bagasse+poultry-waste (SBPW) at 3:2, compost tea, NPK (15:15:15) and control without fertilizer arranged in a randomized complete block design and replicated three times. The NPK fertilizer and SBPW were applied 2 table spoonful per plant and compost tea was applied 100 mL per plant during vegetative growth of plant. Data were obtained for plant height, number of leaf, stem girth, leaf width, leaf length and fresh weight of fruit on ten (10) plants that were randomly sampled. SBPW, compost tea and NPK influenced the growth and yield performance of okra. NPK and SBPW at week 3 after 3WAP produced the highest plant height of 37.60 and 37.19 cm, respectively. Also, highest number of leaves and leaf width per plant was obtained in the application of SBPW having 14.00 and 30.76 respectively. The highest leaf length was evidenced in NPK application (31.06) and stem girth had the highest in compost tea application (6.18). The control, without fertilizer, was significantly the lowest in the growth parameters compared with other treatments but had the highest number of fruit set (p<0.05). The highest average fruit fresh weight was obtained in SBPW application. Hence, the organic fertilizers, especially SBPW as amendment is therefore recommended on both enriched and malnourished soil.

Keywords: Amendments, fertilizers, growth, compost tea, Sugarcane-bagasse+poultry waste


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