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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 6, Issue:10, October, 2017

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(10): 3539-3550

Evaluation of Nutrient Expert Based Fertilizer Recommendation for Growth, Yield and Nutrient Uptake of Maize Hybrids and Soil Properties in Maize-Wheat Cropping System in Mollisol
Veer Singh1*, Anil Kumar Pant1, Amit Bahtnagar2 and Manish Bhatt1
1Department of Soil Science,
2Department of Agronomy, College of Agriculture, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, U. S. Nagar, Uttarakhand, India
*Corresponding author

Maize is a heavy nutrient feeder crop but over and inappropriate fertilization provides lesser yield than the genetic yield potential, lower profits and deterioration in soil health therefore, a new fertilizer recommendation approach, Nutrient Expert (NE) for hybrid maize was evaluated against farmers fertilizer practice (FFP) in three years maize-wheat rotation. Results revealed that nutrient expert-decision support system based nutrient management gave higher yield, nutrient uptake and profits and sustained soil properties over other practices. Days recorded to 50% tassel and silk emergences with SSNM were lesser by 1.7 and 3.2 over 100% RDF and 2.2 and 4.1 over FFP, respectively, consequently reduced anthesis silking interval (ASI). Grain yield, net return, N, P and K uptake of maize were recorded 4.4-7.9, 8.3-15.4, 10.1-16.9, 4.3-8.1 and 12.8-15.3%, respectively, higher with NE over other nutrient management strategies. Of the maize hybrids, hybrid ‘PMH-1’ sustained superiority but remained at par with ‘CNH-08-292. Grain yield of succeeding wheat crop was recorded 192 and 332 kg ha-1 higher with NE compared to that of 100% RDF and FFP, respectively, and proved beneficial residual effect of nutrients applied in maize crop. Fertilizer application based on NE gave more net return of ` 9,198 and ` 15,412 over 100% RDF and FFP, respectively, in maize-wheat rotation. Hybrid ‘PMH-1’ was found most economically viable for rotation. Organic carbon in NE rose by 0.07 and 0.13 units over 100% RDF and FFP, respectively, however fertilizer containing practices enhanced the level from 0.01-0.14 units over initial level. Nutrient expert significantly increased the availability of N and K while depleted available P. Nutrient expert led to increased 16.7-46.3, 3.6-15.4 and 3.2-16.7 per cent mineralization, residual and loss of N, respectively, as compared with 100% RDF and FFP however loss of N was higher with FFP over 100% RDF.

Keywords: Maize, Wheat, nutrient management, Nutrient expert, Farmers’ fertilizer practice, Soil properties.

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Veer Singh, Anil Kumar Pant, Amit Bahtnagar and Manish Bhatt. 2017. Evaluation of Nutrient Expert Based Fertilizer Recommendation for Growth, Yield and Nutrient Uptake of Maize Hybrids and Soil Properties in Maize-Wheat Cropping System in Mollisol.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(10): 3539-3550. doi:
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