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Effect of seed soaking with fertigrain start (amino acid fertilizer) and irrigation levels on germination, growth and yield of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)

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Irum Kumbhar, Muhammad Nawaz Kandhro, Khalid Hussain Dhiloo, Muhammad Yaseen, Muhammad Mushtaque Kumbhar, Reema Veesar, Sumbel Mureed Mastoi, Paras Mureed Mastoi, Waqar Ali Chandio, Imtiaz Ali Lashari

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Int. J. Agron. Agri. Res.11( 6), 79-91, December 2017


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The field study was conducted to investigate the effect of seed soaking with Fertigrain start (amino acid fertilizer) and moisture stress on germination, growth and yield of barley crop. The results showed that application of Fertigrain Start (amino acid fertilizer) for soaking of seed at different concentrations affected the growth and yield traits of barley significantly (P<0.05); while the water stress also significantly (P<0.05) affected all the growth and yield traits with the exception of grains spike-1. The seed of barley crop was soaked with Fertigrain Start @3mlkg-1 seed resulted in highest values for all the traits investigated with 164.33m-2 seed germination, 469.11 tillers m-2, 87.66cm plant height, 16.256 cm spike length, 8002.40kg biological yield ha-1, 33.767 grains spike-1, 47.60g seed index, 2730.00kg grain yield ha-1 and 34.03% harvest index. The seed of barley when soaked with lower concentration of Fertigrain Start (1.5ml kg-1 seed) ranked 2nd and ranked least when seed was sown without soaking with Fertigrain Start. Similarly, the barley crop receiving two irrigations after 30 and 60 days of sowing produced 140.22 m-2 seed germination, 422.67 tillers m-2, 95.55 cm plant height, 13.70cm spike length, 7945.60kg biological yield ha-1, 39.867 grains spike-1, 54.133g seed index, 2747.70kg grain yield ha-1 and 34.49% harvest index. The crop given only one irrigation after 30 days of sowing and no post-sowing irrigation (only soaking dose) ranked 2nd and 3rd, respectively for all the growth and yield traits.


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