Abuja Journal of Agriculture and Environment (AJAE)

EFFECTS OF UREA AND POULTRY MANURE ON GROWTH OF AMARANTHS (Amaranths cruentus) IN JALINGO, NORTH EASTERN NIGERIA.
Author(s): Tahir, A. M., Bapetel, U., Ibrahim, A. Abubakar, S. and Umar, U. K.
Volume/Issue: Volume 2 , Issue 1 (2022)

ABSTRACT:

A two year field experiment was conducted on the Teaching and Research Farm, Taraba State University, Jalingo, to compare the cultivation of Amaranths cruentus using urea and poultry manure (PM) and the combinations of the two fertilizers. The experimental design was Randomized Complete Block Design replicated three times. The treatments applied include three levels of urea, poultry manure and their combinations. Using standard methods, plant height, leaf area, number of leaves and stem diameter(girth) were measured at two, four and six weeks after emergence (WAE). The soil texture of the study area was sandy loam, moderately acidic pH, medium organic carbon and low total nitrogen. Significant effects of the application were recorded at 2, 4 and 6 WAE. Highest result recorded were 71.43cm for plant height, 133.03mm2 for leave area, 34.83 for number of leaves and 7.50cm for stem diameter on plots amended with 75kg urea in combination with 7.5t/ha poultry manure could be recommended for the cultivation of A. cruentus on sandy loam soils of Jalingo.

KEYWORDS:

Amaranth cruentus, sandy loam soils, savanna agro-ecological zones