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Growth and Quality Parameters of Bed Planted Barley Cultivars in Relation to Planting Geometary and Moisture Regimes

Department of Agronomy, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar-125 004 (Haryana), India
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(Received : January 5, 2017; Accepted : March 14, 2017)


A field experiment was conducted during rabi 2011-12 at Research Farm of Agronomy, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, Haryana (India) in a semi-arid climate to study the growth and quality parameters of barley cultivars in relation to planting geometary and moisture regimes planted on raised beds. The experiment was laid out in split plot design with three replications keeping three cultivars viz., BH 393, BH 902 and BH 885 and two planting geometary viz., 2 rows per bed and 3 rows per bed (70 cm wide with 40 cm top and 30 cm furrow) in main plots and three moisture regimes irrigation at IW/CPE 0.3 (one irrigation at 90 DAS), 0.4 (two irrigations at 81 and 111 DAS) and 0.5 (two irrigations at 73 and 107 DAS) in sub-plots. The results revealed that there was significant variation among cultivars in respect of growth and quality. Growth parameters were maximum in BH 902 as compared to rest of the cultivars. The cultivar BH 902 proved significantly superior in terms of biomass yield as compared to BH 393 and BH 885. Among planting geometaries, dry matter accumulation, number of tillers and leaf area were higher in 3 rows per bed which resulted in significantly higher biomass yield in 3 rows as compared to 2 rows per bed. Among three moisture regimes, irrigation at IW/CPE 0.5 resulted in significantly higher growth parameters and biomass yield than irrigation at IW/CPE 0.3, but statistically similar to irrigation at IW/CPE 0.4. The protein content was also recorded highest in BH 902, whereas lowest in BH 885. But hectoliter weight was highest in BH 885 and lowest in BH 393. The protein content was recorded highest in irrigation at IW/CPE 0.3. But hectoliter weight
was highest in irrigation at IW/CPE 0.5.
Key words :Barley, planting geometary, moisture regimes, growth, yield and quality