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Performance of Sweet Corn, Zea mays L. saccharata Applied with Goat Manure and Bio-N

Oliver S. Talip1 and Lydia C. Sison2

In recent decades, biofertilizer has been considered as an alternative for commercial fertilizers to maximize crop yield at a minimal cost. Interaction effects involving organic fertilizer and biofertilizer have been investigated to further economize on fertilizer inputs. This study aimed to evaluate the performance (growth parameters, yield, and yield components) of sweet corn Zea mays L. saccharata when applied with different rates of goat manure (GM) and Bio-N (BN). The field experiment was carried out in a randomized complete block design replicated four times in a split-plot arrangement. Different treatment rates of GM improved significantly all the growth parameters of sweet corn while BN only increased significantly the plant height (milk stage), shortened days to 50% tasseling, days to commercial ear maturity, and increased the total dry matter (silking stage). The performance of sweet corn was remarkably affected by GM. No significant GM and BN interaction was observed. This study provides relevant information that could help sweet corn farmers to avail of an alternative scheme in generating good harvest without sacrificing soil sustainability.

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