Variations in nutrient concentrations of maize as affected by different levels of brackish water under normal soil conditions

Authors

  • Imran Shehzad1 , Ghulam Sarwar1, Muhammad Zeeshan Manzoor1 , Fakhar Mujeeb2 , Ayesha Zafar1 and Faheem Khadija

Keywords:

Brackish and canal water, Irrigation, Maize, Electrical conductivity

Abstract

Decline in agriculture production due to salinity is one of the key problems in many areas around the
globe including Pakistan. Cyclic use is a strategy where saline and good quality water is used in a cyclic manner for
leaching down the salts accumulated during irrigation of saline water. In this manner, salt accumulation does not rise
beyond tolerance limit of the crop. The experiment consisted of four treatments that were replicated four times and
randomized complete block design (RCBD) was used to make layout. Treatments were; T1 = continuous irrigation
with canal water, T2 = continuous irrigation with water of EC 2.0 dS m-1
, T3 = continuous irrigation with water of
EC 3.0 dS m-1
and T4 = continuous irrigation with water of EC 4.0 dS m-1
. Maize was sown as a test crop. Pre- and
post-harvest soil analyses were carried out for different physical and chemical characteristics. The results of plant
analysis for nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium percentage in maize plant showed
that irrigation with canal water significantly enhanced the concentration of these nutrients in maize plants except
sodium which was produced maximum under irrigation with water of EC = 4 dS m
-1
. The irrigation water having EC
= 2 and 3 dS m
-1
produced less values of these nutrients in maize as compared to canal water but significantly higher
than that of irrigation water (EC = 4 dS m
-1
). It was concluded that use of brackish water affected the concentration
of all nutrients negatively.

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Published

2023-06-05

How to Cite

Imran Shehzad1 , Ghulam Sarwar1, Muhammad Zeeshan Manzoor1 , Fakhar Mujeeb2 , Ayesha Zafar1 and Faheem Khadija. (2023). Variations in nutrient concentrations of maize as affected by different levels of brackish water under normal soil conditions. JPAA, 4(1). Retrieved from https://ojs.aiou.edu.pk/index.php/jpaa/article/view/1111

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