Effect of Sulphur Fertilization on Growth, Yield and Quality of Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) in Mid Central Zone of Odisha
Yield and quality of oilseed crops are principally regulated by nutrient management at field level. Field experiments were conducted to study the effect of sulphur fertilisation on growth, yield and quality of sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) in mid central zone of odisha. The sesame was grown during (August 27th and 25th) during the years 2010 to 2011. The sulphur sources of fertilizers were Gypsum, Zinc sulphate and Elemental sulphur (S) and 2 levels of S (20 and 40 kg ha-1) and absolute control (without S), another with Single Super Phosphate (SSP). Recommended Dose (RD) of SSP was superior over other sulphur fertilizers sources, in increasing yield components and yield in both the years. The quality parameters of sesame such as crude protein, oil content and soluble sugar improved under different sulphur fertilizer treatments, maximum being in RD with SSP. Sulphur fertilizer application, therefore exhibited potential in improving crop yield and quality of sesame under mid central zone of odisha.