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Growth, Yield and Yield Components of American Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) As Affected by Cultivars and Nitrogen Fertilizer
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Hakoomat Ali, Raheel Atif Hameed
Cotton, Fibre characteristics, Growth, Nitrogen, Yield and Yield components
Nitrogen stress in upland cotton addresses significant and visible shortfalls in plant growth. It is an important element both in nature and agricultural conditions, for cotton plant growth and development. To evaluate the response of different yield and yield component of high yielding upland cotton cultivars to various split applications of nitrogen fertilizer, a two season field research was conducted during 2007 and 2008. Different experimental treatments were comprised on cotton leaf curl virus (CLCV) resistant high yielding cotton cultivars i.e. CIM-496, CIM-506, CIM-534 along with different nitrogen rate of Zero, 60, 110 and 160 kg ha-1. However, cultivar CIM-534 produced significantly the highest plants, nodes per plant and flowering buds plant-1. While, CIM-496 showed better potential in relation to leaf area index, crop growth rate, relative growth rate and net assimilation rate (physiological), dry biomass and number of bolls m-2 (reproductive) and seed cotton, cotton seed (yield) parameters during both the seasons. On increasing N rates, vegetative characteristics of cotton like plant height, nodes plant-1 and number of flowering buds per plant significantly gave better response with each cultivar. Advanced cotton cultivars produced significantly higher total dry biomass (TDM), bolls m-2, seed cotton, cotton seed and GOT % age on each increment in applied nitrogen. The nitrogen fertilizer rate i.e. 160 kg ha-1 proved to be the optimum for the highest cotton yield and yield components. Further fibre characteristics such as staple length, uniformity ratio and maturity ratio significantly influenced by different cultivars.
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