Agronomic Study of Fenugreek Grown under Different In-Row Spacing and Nitrogen Levels in a Paddy Field of Iran

American-Eurasian J. Agric. & Environ. Sci., 10 (4): 544-550, 2011 01/2011;

ABSTRACT Abstract: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of different levels of nitrogen and plant
density on yield and yield components of Fenugreek. This study was conducted at Guilan region (Iran) in a
Paddy field during 2008-2009 cropping season. The experiment was carried out using split plots based on
randomized complete block design with 4 replications. Four levels of nitrogen (0, 25, 50 and 75 kg N haG1) as
the main factor and four levels of plant density (60, 80, 100 and 120 plants mG2) as sub-plots were investigated.
Result indicated that nitrogen fertilizer effect was significant on number of pods per branch, number of pods
per plant, seed yield and biological yield. Plant density significantly a ffected biological yield (p<0.05).
The highest seed yield (1468 kg haG1) was produced by using 75 kg N haG1. There was positive and significant
correlation between seed yield and biological yield. According to mean comparisons of simple effects,
the highest biological yield belonged to 75 kg N haG1 and 120 plants mG2, respectively.

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