Abdur Rashid1, M. Ishaque2, Kiran Hameed3, Muhammad Shabbir4 and Muhammad Ahmad 4*
1Department of Agronomy, 2 Department of Forestry, 3CABB,
University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan
4Agriculture Adaptive Research Complex, Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan
*Corresponding author: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a wrong perception with the farmers that gram being a legume crop does not need any nutrition. They usually grow it without supplying any fertilizer and get very low yield. The study was planned to observe the effects of NPK fertilizer on growth, yield and quality of gram cultivars to exploit their full genetic potential. The experiment was carried out at the Agronomic Research Area, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan during the winter season of 2007-08. It was laid out in randomized complete block design with split plot arrangement having three blocks keeping gram cultivars (Punjab-2000, Paunjab-91 and Paidar-91) in main plot and fertilizer application levels (0,0,0; 25,0,0; 25,50,0; and 25,50,25 Kg NPK ha-1) in sub plot. It was observed that Paidar-91 surpassed other two cultivars in grain yield, when it fertilized with NPK @ 25,50,0 Kg ha-1 due to taller in height, more number of seeds per pod, number of pods per plant, biological yield, seed protein content and profitable. However, exceeding above this fertilizer combination of NPK proved to be uneconomical.
Keywords: Gram, Cultivars, NPK Fertilizer application, Yield, Contributing parameters