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Current Research in Agricultural Sciences

March 2019, Volume 6, 1, pp 29-36

Effect of Blended Fertilizer and Lime Application on Yield of Finger Millet, and Soil Properties of Acidic Soils in Western Ethiopia

Fekadu Mosissa

,

Geremew Taye

Fekadu Mosissa 1 ,

Geremew Taye 1 
  1. Holeta Agricultural Research Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 1

Pages: 29-36

DOI: 10.18488/journal.68.2019.61.29.36

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Article History:

Received: 16 January, 2019
Revised: 21 February, 2019
Accepted: 27 March, 2019
Published: 09 May, 2019


Abstract:

Finger millet (Eleusine coracana L.) is a small seeded cereal grown in low rainfall areas of Ethiopia. It is tolerant of drought. Nutritionally, the grains are a good source of quality protein and various minerals. However, production of finger millet is constrained by poor soil fertility and low input production systems. An experiment was carried out to evaluate the effect of different fertility management on yield of finger millet and soil physicochemical properties under limed and unlimed conditions of acidic soils in western Ethiopia. The treatments comprised of NP and different formula blended fertilizers under limed and unlimed conditions were laid in a randomized complete block design with three replicates. The result revealed that amelioration of soil acidity and application of N and P nutrients are a key intervention that should be sought in the study area. K, S, Zn and B are not limiting nutrients for the production of finger millet in the study area.
Contribution/ Originality
This paper serves as the most recent study on the use of blend fertilizer in acid prone highlands of Ethiopia in giving sight whether it has a comparative advantage or not than the recommended N and P fertilizer.

Keywords:

Acid soils, Blended fertilizer, Exchangeable acidity, Finger millet, Highlands, Lime requirement, pH, Poor soil fertility.

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Funding:

The field research reported in this paper was financed by the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR).

Competing Interests:

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Acknowledgement:

The authors appreciate the acid soil research team of Holeta Research Centre for implementation of the experiment. We would also like to thank the staff of Soil Laboratory of Holeta Research Center for their assistance in managing soil analysis.

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