International Journal of Advanced Scientific Research

International Journal of Advanced Scientific Research


International Journal of Advanced Scientific Research
International Journal of Advanced Scientific Research
Vol. 5, Issue 5 (2020)

Influence of weeding frequency and poultry manure on the growth and yield of cucumber (cucumis sativus) in the humid region of Nigeria


Wiro KO, Iyagba AG

Cucumber (Cucumber sativus) is a horticultural crop with increasing level of awareness with regard to health and environmental benefits. The study examined the influence of weeding frequency and poultry manure rates on the growth and yield of cucumber in Ndele, Rivers State. Despite the importance of cucumber in the Humid Region if Nigeria, the production rate in growth and yield have been on the decrease due to weed interference, poor soil fertility and tack of use of organic manure; hence, the need for this study to address the influence of different rates of poultry manure and weeding frequency on the vegetative growth and yield of cucumber. The experimental design used was a 5x3 factorial design. Five weeding frequency (weed free, 3 weeks after sowing 3-WAS), 4-WAS, and 5-WAS and weedy check were assigned to the main plots and three rates of poultry manure (0.5 and 10-tons ha-1) as the subplots in a Completely Randomized Block Design (CRBD) replicated three times. Market more was used for the cultivation. The experiment measured growth and yield attributes growth - parameters included (vine length, number of leaves and leaf area) and yield parameters were (number of flowers, fruit length, fruit weight, fruit number and fruit diameter). The results of the study proved that the application of poultry manure and appropriate weeding frequency in the production of cucumber has the capacity of improving the growth and yield of the crop. Therefore, it is recommended that 10-tons ha-1 of poultry manure should be used for high quality production. Weeds should not be allowed to grow with the crops beyond 3WAS, government should make the training of weed Scientists a priority to enhance effective management of weeds and government should organize workshops to educate farmers on the importance of poultry manure and hence the need for its usage.
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How to cite this article:
Wiro KO, Iyagba AG. Influence of weeding frequency and poultry manure on the growth and yield of cucumber (cucumis sativus) in the humid region of Nigeria. International Journal of Advanced Scientific Research, Volume 5, Issue 5, 2020, Pages 09-15
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