INTEGRATED NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT IN SUNFLOWER +APIARY FARMING SYSTEM FOR SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTIVITY

  • G .SUMALATHA AND T. GEETHA JEBARATHNAM G .SUMALATHA AND T. GEETHA JEBARATHNAM DEPARTMENT OF AGRONOMY, FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY, ANNAMALAI NAGAR -608002 TAMIL NADU, INDIA. Corresponding author’s e-mail: jawa_au@yahoo.com

Abstract

ABSTRACT:

Two sets of field experiments were conducted during  June-August months of 2012-2013 at Annamalai University of Cuddalore district under irrigated conditions to formulate site –specific nutrient management and to assess the yield  performance of sunflower +apiary farming system.The experiment consists of two main treatments; i.e, sunflower alone (M1) ,sunflower  with apiary (M2) and nine sub treatments i.e, control (S1), 100%RDF (S2), 100%RDF + Azospirillum (S3),100% RDF+phosphobacteria (S4),100%RDF+vermicompost (S5), 100%RDF+ Azospirillum+ phosphobacteria (S6), 100% RDF + Vermicompost +Azospirillum (S7), 100%RDF+ vermicompost+phosphobacteria (S8),100%RDF + Vermicompost + Azospirillum+phosphobacteria(S9) and it was laid out in split plot design with three replications .Highest values for seed yield and NPK uptake were observed for the combined application of all three nutrient sources in the plots of the experiment where beehive was installed. Perhaps to ensure better outcome.

The apiary should be provided with better feeding for a longer period of time, beside  the natural feeding resources .feed consists of 500ml sugar syrup two times a week. Infact the bee foraging activites, improved seed yield, apart from the income through honey production, thus sustaining the crop + apiary system.

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How to Cite
T. GEETHA JEBARATHNAM, G .SUMALATHA AND. INTEGRATED NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT IN SUNFLOWER +APIARY FARMING SYSTEM FOR SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTIVITY. LIFE SCIENCES LEAFLETS, [S.l.], v. 57, oct. 2014. ISSN 0976-1098. Available at: <http://petsd.org/ojs/index.php/lifesciencesleaflets/article/view/167>. Date accessed: 17 oct. 2017.

Keywords

Sunflower; Nutrient management; Apiary ; seed yield; Head diameter; Plant height.