Vertisols are characterized by deficiency of nutrients and recently, potassium (K), a major plant nutrient in crops, is gaining attention because of crop removal, fixation by clay minerals and leaching. A field experiment was conducted during the 2015 and 2016 main cropping seasons to test the effect of potash fertilizer on Vertisols of East Gojjam at Gudalima and Dejen/Tik sites using teff crop. The K rates (applied as muriate of potash) were 0, 50,100, and 150 kg ha−1. The experiment was laid out in a randomized complete block design in three replications. The results indicated that the plant height, panicle length, number of effective tillers, dry matter and grain yield of teff increased significantly (P < 0.05) with applied K. The highest dry matter and grain yield (6966.4 and 2418.2 kg ha−1, respectively) were obtained from the application of 100 kg ha−1 KCl. Total uptake of N, P, and K were enhanced significantly with K treated plots than those without and K efficiency was improved due to the rate of K. The present study demonstrated the importance of K application to supplement NPS for optimum dry matter and grain yield of teff on Vertisols of the study sites.
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This research was funded by the International Potash Institute (IPI).
Yohannes Misskire, Tekalign Mamo, Abi M. Taddesse & Uri Yermiyahu.
Journal of Plant Nutrition, 42:4, 307-322
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