Maintenance of nutrients’ concentration in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L.) using brackish water through leaching fraction strategy

Authors

  • Muhammad Zeeshan Manzoor , Ghulam Sarwar , Ayesha Zafar , Fakhar Mujeeb and Faheem Khadija

Keywords:

Brackish and canal water, Leaching fraction, Sorghum, Electrical conductivity

Abstract

Brackish ground water is a major factor of secondary salinity in Pakistan and practice of leaching
fraction (LF) may help to keep the salt contents within the desired levels in the root zone. In this study, three types
of water (canal water, water with EC = 2 dSm-1
and water with EC = 3 dSm-1
) was used as such and with leaching
fraction of 10 and 20 %. Randomized complete block design (RCBD) was applied to make layout of the experiment.
The experiment comprised of 9 treatments replicated four times; T1 = EC 0.23 dS m-1
(canal water), T2 = EC 2.0
water, T3 = EC 3.0 water, T4 = T1 + 10 % LF, T5 = T2 + 10 % LF, T6 = T3 + 10 % LF, T7 = T1 + 20 % LF, T8 =
T2 + 20 % LF and T9 = T3 + 20 % LF. Sorghum was used as a test crop. Sorghum plants samples were collected
from all plots for laboratory analysis. The maximum nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, calcium and magnesium
contents were noted in the sorghum plants that were harvested from the plots having T1 + 20 % LF (T7). However,
the minimum nitrogen, phosphorous and magnesium contents were observed in the plots of treatment T3 getting
water with EC 3.0 dSm-1
. However, T3 resulted the highest sodium contents (0.35%) in sorghum plants. In short,
technique of leaching fraction proved to be useful to overcome the bad effects of saline water on the
concentration/content of various elements present in sorghum plants.

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Published

2023-06-09

How to Cite

Muhammad Zeeshan Manzoor , Ghulam Sarwar , Ayesha Zafar , Fakhar Mujeeb and Faheem Khadija. (2023). Maintenance of nutrients’ concentration in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L.) using brackish water through leaching fraction strategy. JPAA, 4(1). Retrieved from https://ojs.aiou.edu.pk/index.php/jpaa/article/view/1170

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