Year: 2022 | Month: December | Volume 15 | Issue 4
Performance of Little Millet (Panicum sumatrense) Varieties Under Different Fertility Level in Rainfed Conditions of Uttarakhand Hills
A field experiment on little millet was conducted during kharif season (June-October )of 2020‒21 at College of Forestry, V.C.S.G. Uttarakhand University of Horticulture and Forestry, Ranichauri, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India to study the effect of fertility levels on different high yielding cultivars of little millet under rainfed conditions of hills of Uttarakhand. The experiment was consisted of sixteen treatment combinations. The experiment was executed in split plot design along with three replications. The different levels of fertility viz. control (without RDF), 50% RDF, 100% RDF and 150% RDF were laid out in main plots, while four cultivars of little millet viz. LMV 528, LMV 536, BL 9 and JK 8 were laid out in sub plot. It was observed that little millet crop can be grown successfully in the mid hills of Uttarakhand. The significantly higher grain and straw yield was recorded in 150% RDF than 100% and 50% RDF. Higher B:C ratio was also recorded in 150% RDF. Among the tested varieties LMV 528 recorded significantly higher grain and straw yield along with maximum harvest index. Though crop can be grown successfully in mid hills but it was not economical viable as B: C ratio is lower. Therefore, there is need to develop location specific package of practices to make crop more economical for farmers.
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- The little millet is not the traditional crop of hills of Uttarakhand but it can be grown successfully in rainfed hilly area.
- The little millet variety LMV 528 with 150% of RDF(40:20:0 kg ha-1 N:P2O5:K2O) performed better under rainfed conditions of Uttarakhand hills.
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