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Scirj Volume III, Issue II, February 2015 Edition
ISSN: 2201-2796

Effects of Soil Moisture Content and Soil Fertility Amendments on Growth and Yield of Okra Plant (Abelmoschus esculentum (L) moench) in Southern Guinea Savanna Agro-Ecological Zone of Nigeria

A.M Kwajaffa, Peter Isa, A.A Olusola

Abstract: Nhae-40 variety of Okra was evaluated in pot experiment to determined the effects of soil moisture content and soil fertility amendments on growth and yield of Okra plant (abelmoschus esculentum (L) moench) in Southern Guinea Savanna agro-ecological zone of Nigeria. The study was conducted at the pavilion in the orchard yard of horticultural unit, Department of agronomy, Faculty of Agricultural University of Ilorin, Kwara State of Nigeria. Seeds were sown in plastic containers at four (4) moisture levels 25, 50, 75 and 100% field capacities (Fe) which were determined gravimetrically and five(5) levels of soil fertility amendments consisting of different combinations of poultry manure and inorganic manures (N.P.K) at ratios equivalent to 0:0, 100:0, 0:100, 50:50 and 75:25. The experimental design used was 4x5 factorial design in split plot arrangements with four replications. The soil moisture content levels constituted the main plot while the soil fertility amendments constituted the sub plots. Data were collected during growth and harvest stages, and experiment the parameters used were: V13 number of leaves per plant, leaf area per plant, plant height number of flowers per plant and number of fresh fruit length, fresh fruit diameter number of seeds per plant, fresh fruit weight and seed viability. The data collected were subjected to analysis of variance (ANOVA) (P≤ α0.05) in almost all the parameters tested in this study. The interaction effects of soil fertility amendments at the five different levels indicated that there were increases in all the parameters measured in this study. Consequently the significant differences obtained in both soil moisture contents and soil fertility amendments of all the rations have confirmed both soil moisture contents and soil fertility amendments have effects on growth and yield of Okra plant (abelmoschus esculentum (L)moench) in Nigeria.

Reference this Paper: Effects of Soil Moisture Content and Soil Fertility Amendments on Growth and Yield of Okra Plant (Abelmoschus esculentum (L) moench) in Southern Guinea Savanna Agro-Ecological Zone of Nigeria by A.M Kwajaffa, Peter Isa, A.A Olusola published at: "Scientific Research Journal (Scirj), Volume III, Issue II, February 2015 Edition, Page 6-11 ".

Search Terms: Effects of Soil Moisture Content, Growth and Yield of Okra Plant

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