Vol. 16 No. 1
Assessment of medium duration lentil varieties in New Alluvial Zone of West Bengal
Author(s): B. MUKHERJEE, MD. H. REJA, A. NALIA, A. GHOSH, V.V. KUMARI AND R. NATH
Abstract: A field experiment was conducted at District Seed Farm, AB block, Kalyani, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, West Bengal, during rabi seasons of 2015-16 and 2016-17 respectively to assess the performance of 8 medium duration lentil varieties (BM-1, BM-2, BM-3, BM-4, BM-5, BM-6, BM-7 and Subrata) in terms of phenology, yield attributing characters and yield in randomized block design replicated thrice. The result of the experiment revealed that among the 8 varieties evaluated, BM-2 produced significantly highest yield (1604.46 kg ha-1) followed by BM-7 (1381.33 kg ha-1). The trend remained the same as per pooled data, with BM-2 recording higher100 seed weight (2.09 g), highest number of primary branches plant-1 (4.85) and maximum pods plant-1 (102.89) respectively. In respect to phenology, yield and yield attributing characters, BM-2 variety performed better as compared to all other lentil varieties. The maximum plant height was witnessed in Subrata (43.64 cm) followed by BM-2 (38.27 cm) respectively. On analyzing the pooled data over two years, it was revealed that, the variety BM- 2 along with its good yield attributes was also an early maturing one (104.70 days) compared to others. Hence, this variety could be considered for recommendation in New Alluvial Zone of West Bengal. Other short duration varieties tested were BM- 6 (107.25 days) and BM-7 (107.95 days) respectively. Subrata waslate maturing type and took 118.42 days to complete its life cycle.
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