International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research Vol.1(8), pp.210-215, October 2013
Available online at https://www.journalissues.org/journals/ijapr
© 2013 Journal Issues ISSN 2350-1561
Article 13/ ID /JPR79, 06 pages
Original Research Paper
Growth, dry matter accumulation and shoot yield of celosia argentea as affected by poultry manure and urea application
Accepted 3 October,2013
Department of Agronomy, Osun State University, Ejigbo Campus. Osogbo, Nigeria.
Corresponding author E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Study was conducted to evaluate the growth, dry matter accumulation and shoot yield of Celosia argentea in response to different fertilizer rates at Teaching and Research Farm, Osun State University, Ejigbo Campus, Osun State, Nigeria. Seven treatments tested were: control (NO), 3 poultry manure rates (2t/ha, 4t/ha and 6t/ha) and 3 urea rates (90, 120 and 140kgN/ha).The treatments were laid out in a randomized complete block design with three replications. Growth parameters such as plant height, number of leaves, nodes and branches as well as dry matter yield were assessed. Application of the poultry manure produced taller plants, more profuse leaves and branches and higher shoot dry matter yield compared to either the inorganic N source (Urea) or the control treatment. Among the poultry manure rate, 6t/ha produces significant higher shoot yield of celosia at harvest (2.8g) which was not significantly different from (2.7g) produced by the application of 140kgN/ha urea. It could be concluded that application of 140kgN/ha Urea or 6t/ha compost is sufficient for optimum performance of celosia in the similar agro-ecological zone
Key words: Celosia, urea, compost, shoot yield, dry matter.