EFFECT OF COW DUNG MANURE ON THE GROWTH AND YIELD OF FINGER MILLET [Eleusine coracana (L) Gaertn] IN NORTHERN GUINEA SAVANNAH AGRO-ECOLOGICAL ZONE OF NIGERIA

  • Y.A. Garjila Department of Agronomy; 2Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Federal University, Kashere, P. M. B. 0182, Gombe State, Nigeria
Keywords: Cow dung manure, Finger millet, Growth and Yield

Abstract

Field trials were conducted in 2017 and 2018 cropping seasons at the Teaching and Research Farm of Crop
Science Department, Taraba State College of Agriculture, Jalingo, to determine the effect of cow dung manure on
the growth and yield of finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L) Gaertn). Treatments evaluated consist of 0, 2.5, 4.5,
6.5 and 8.5 t/ha of cow dung each. Each treatment was replicated three times and laid out in a randomized
complete block design (RCBD). Data collected include; plant height, number of tillers, stem girth, days to 50%
flowering, spikes/plant, finger length, grain yield and 1000 seed weight. The data were subjected to analysis of
variance (ANOVA), and mean differences were separated using Least Significant Difference (LSD) at P = 0.05.
Results obtained indicated that cow dung manure enhanced the performance of finger millet plants at 8.5t/ha and
were significantly (P<0.05) taller (45.33/51.40cm) with highest grain yield of 2.2957 and 2.2984t/ha in 2017 and
2018 cropping seasons respectively. Therefore, applications of cow dung manure at 8.5t/ha could be adopted to
maximize the productivity of Eleucine coracana for enhanced yield and economic benefits of farmers in the
study area.

Published
2020-04-30

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