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Agronomy Journal Abstract -

Effect of Potassium on the Mineral Constituents of Pearl Millet and Sudangrass1


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  1. Vol. 62 No. 4, p. 474-477
    Received: Oct 30, 1969

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  1. B. A. Schneider and
  2. N. A. Clark2



The effect of K at O and 672 kg/ha and various combinations of Ca, Mg, and K on the nitrate-N content of pearl millet [Pennisetum typhoides (Burm.) Staph and Hubbard] and sudangrass [Sorghum sudanense (Piper) Staph] was studied. Nitrogen and P were added uniformly on all plots. Pearl millet growth was unaffected by the K treatment in Experiment I, but this treatment increased sudangrass growth. There was no significant growth response to fertility in Experiment II, however, the Ca + Mg + K treatment tended to have the tallest plants. The fertility treatments did not significantly affect the P content of pearl millet. Pearl millet accumulated much higher amounts of nitrate N than did sudangrass. All plots receiving K singly, or in combination with Ca, and/or Mg were significantly higher in nitrate N. Nitrate N was significantly decreased by addition of Mg and by Ca, but to a lesser degree. Drought conditions seemed to intensify the influence of K on increasing forage nitrate N concentrations. Regulation of Mg and K fertility may help lessen the possibility of nitrate toxicity in pearl millet and sudangrass.

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