Vol. 8 No. 2
Effect of planting dates and varieties on blast disease and grain yield of finger millet (Eleusine coracana) in mid Garhwal hills
Abstract: Present studies were initiated to examine the impact of sowing dates and varieties on the incidence of disease and grain yield of finger millet. In 2006 and 2007, four finger millet varieties (PR 202, KM 252, VL 149 and PRM 1) were sown in at least one of the following planting windows; early (7th June 2007 and 12th June 2006), mid (17th June 2007 and 22nd June 2006), and late (27th June 2007 and 3rd July 2006). Significant effect of sowing dates in both the years of experimentation on blast incidence and grain yield was noticed. The incidences of neck and finger blast were quite high during kharif 2006 than 2007. Neck and finger blast increased gradually in crops sown in early plating window to mid planting window and decreased considerably in crop sown in late plating window. The highest grain yields have been recorded when the crop was sown in early planting window and decreased gradually in crops sown in mid and late planting window On the basis of disease incidence and grain yield of two year\'s results the optimum time of sowing for all the four varieties is early planting window.
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