Research Article of International Journal of Natural Science and Reviews
Integrated Application of Organic and Inorganic Fertilizer to Improve Nutritive Quality of Maize and Soybean Intercrop
Almaz M. Gezahegn1 and M.M. Yusoff2
1Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, 2300, Addis Abeba, Ethiopa
2Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
A field experiment was conducted to evaluate the use of integrated fertilizers on the nutritive quality of maize and soybean in intercropping system in 2014 at field 2, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia. Fertilizer applications were either in the form of inorganic (NPK) or poultry manure (PM). Treatments comprised of combinations of three intercropping systems (sole maize, sole soybean, and maize + soybean) and four nutrient managements (control, 100% NPK, 100% PM and 50 % NPK + 50% PM). The experiment was laid out in a randomized complete block design (RCBD) with 3 replications. Results showed that intercropping maize with soybean significantly reduced protein and nutrient content of soybean; however, the oil content of soybean, sugar, oil, protein and nutrient content of maize were not significantly affected by intercropping. Sole and integrated application of NPK and PM increased the quality of both crops over control. Integrated application of 50% NPK and 50% PM fertilizer gave higher oil, protein and nutrient content of both crops. Use of 100 % PM gave better quality than the application of NPK fertilizer for both crops.
This work was supported by Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
Keywords: intercropping, integrated, fertilizer, quality
How to cite this article:
Almaz M. Gezahegn and M.M. Yusoff. Integrated Application of Organic and Inorganic Fertilizer to Improve Nutritive Quality of Maize and Soybean Intercrop. International Journal of Natural Science and Reviews, 2019; 4:12.
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