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Journal of Experimental Agriculture International, ISSN: 2457-0591, ISSN: 2231-0606 (Past),Vol.: 14, Issue.: 2

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Enhancement of Growth and Yield Performance in Tomato (Solanum lycopersicon L) through Foliar Application of a Nutrient Supplement

 

B. A. Shobo1*, J. G. Bodunde2, O. E. Akinboye1, T. A. Ayo-Bello3, O. J. Afodu3 and L. C. Ndubusi-Ogbonna4

1Department of Agronomy and Landscape Design, Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria.

2Department of Horticulture, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria.

3Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Babcock University, Ogun State, Nigeria.

4Department of Animal Science, Babcock University, Ilishan–Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Article Information
Editor(s):
(1) Dalong Guo, College of Forestry, Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang, 471003, Henan, People’s Republic of China.
(2) Igor Gradislavovich Loskutov, Department of Genetic Resources of Oat, Barley and Rye, Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry, Russia and Department of Agrochemistry, Biology Faculty, Sankt-Petersburg State University, Russia.
(3) Daniele De Wrachien, State University of Milan, Italy.
Reviewers:
(1) Nazimah Maqbool, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan.
(2) N. U. Ndaeyo, University of Uyo, Nigeria.
(3) S. U. Yahaya, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria.
Complete Peer review History: http://www.sciencedomain.org/review-history/16426

Abstracts

Megagreen® is activated calcite of a worldwide granularity. It is an ecological foil fertilizer with a strong impact on plant resistance, it improves the fertility and health of plants resulting in an improvement of yield and plant quality. The experiment was carried out to examine the growth and yield performance of indeterminate (Ibadan Local) and determinate (UC 82-B) tomato varieties as influenced by a nutrient supplement (Megagreen®) applied as foliar spray at two weeks after transplanting tomato at different rates of 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 kg/ha with a control. The experiment was laid out in a split plot design with three replications and data collection commenced at two weeks after transplanting. Results showed that the two varieties were significantly different in growth and yield parameters. Rate of application significantly influenced plant height (except at 2 & 8 WAT), number of leaves (except at 6 WAT), number of branches at 2 WAT, days to flower, days to maturity, number of flowers and fruit yield. Application of Megareen® at the rate of 3.0 kg/ha is recommended for fruit yield enhancement in tomato.

Keywords :

Nutrients supplements; fruit yield; foliar application; application rate; tomato.

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DOI : 10.9734/JEAI/2016/26902

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