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Comparison study of static nutrient film technique with drip irrigation and pasteurized soil for wheat grass production under greenhouse condition

By: Sohail Raza Haidree Zia-Ul-Haq, Shahid Javed Butt, Talha Mehmood, Abdul Qadeer

Key Words: Wheat-fodder, Nutrient film technique, Hydroponics, Drip irrigation, Pasteurized soil

Int. J. Biosci. 15(4), 418-422, October 2019.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/15.4.418-422

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Abstract

Green fodder is a famous animals feed that is made from green crops like legume crops, cereal crops, grass crops or even tree based crops. Green fodder provides required nutrients for milk production. Wheat is one of the most popular fodder. Mostly wheat-grass is cultivated for its seeds, a cereal grain worldwide used as staple food. In Pakistan year-round fodder availability is very important especially in slack period. Nutrient film technique is an improved method to grow wheat-fodder without soil by using nutrients water in channels. The process of growing wheat-fodder hydroponically allows the control of climatic conditions for optimum growth. In hydroponics agriculture, only two weeks are required for the production of wheat-grass due its fast growing habit under protected environment. Keeping in view the importance of fodder, an experiment was conducted at Hydroponic Research Station Rawat, Institute of Hydroponic Agriculture (IHA), PMAS Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi. The experiment consist of two sizes of static PVC pipes (7.6 & 10.1 cm) and static steel trays (8.8 & 12.5 cm) during the comparative study of static NFT with drip irrigation and pasteurized soil for wheat grass production. Five clusters were selected from each Channel and data recorded for various crop growth parameters like germination rate, cluster height, number of tillers, root length, fresh weight and dry weight was statistical analyzed by using Complete Randomized Design (CRD). It was concluded from the study that NFT proved to be a better technique as compared to drip and pasteurized soil.

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Comparison study of static nutrient film technique with drip irrigation and pasteurized soil for wheat grass production under greenhouse condition

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Sohail Raza Haidree Zia-Ul-Haq, Shahid Javed Butt, Talha Mehmood, Abdul Qadeer.
Comparison study of static nutrient film technique with drip irrigation and pasteurized soil for wheat grass production under greenhouse condition.
Int. J. Biosci. 15(4), 418-422, October 2019.
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