Comparisons of sugar blend 1 plus fertilizer over straight fertilizer as basal application on growth and yield of sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum L).

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Comparisons of sugar blend 1 plus fertilizer over straight fertilizer as basal application on growth and yield of sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum L).

Misheck Chandiposha, Ngonidzashe Kunedzimwe, Gwazane Munyaradzi, Daniel Chiriman ombe
Int. J. Agron. Agri. Res.4( 4), 89-93, April 2014.
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Abstract

An investigation to compare sugar blend 1 plus with straight fertilizers (single super phosphate and muriate of potash) as basal fertilizer was carried out at Hippo Valley Estates in the 2012/13 growing season.A 2×3 factorial experiment in a Randomised Complete Block Design with 3 replications was used. The first factor was fertilizer type which consisted of two levels, sugar blend 1 plus and straight fertilizer and the second factor was variety with the following levels N14, Zn10 and Nco376.The results showed that there was no interaction (p<0.05) between fertilizer type and variety on number of sugarcane tillers, stalks, sugarcane height and yield. However, there was significant difference (p< 0.05) between the fertilizer types on number of sugarcane tillers, stalks, sugarcane height and yield. Also varieties had significant difference on yield. Sugar blend 1 plus fertilizer increased the number of tillers, primary stalks, cane height and yield when compared to straight fertilizer. The cane yield in treatments applied sugar blend 1 plus increased by 24% when compared to use of straight fertilizer, from 87.2 to 108.4 tonnes / hectare.

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