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Direct Research Journal of Agriculture and Food Science Vol.1 (3), pp. 40-43, September, 2013
ISSN: 2354-4147

Effect of Rice Husk, Hoe Weeding and Glyphosat E in the Management of Spear Grass (Imperata cylindrica) on Maize (Zea mays L.)
Article Number: DRJA17088915

Original Research Article

Isah*, K.M.1, Abdulmaliq, S.Y1. Lawal, A.F.2,  Tswanya, N.M.3, and Majin, N. S1.

1Department of Crop Production, Faculty of Agriculture, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida                                                      University, Lapai, Niger State, Nigeria.

2Department of Agricultural economics and Extension Services, Faculty of Agriculture, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State, Nigeria.

3Department of Agricultural Technology, Niger State College of Agriculture, Mokwa, Nigeria.

date Received: May 6, 2013     date Accepted: June 29, 2013     date Published: September 30, 2013


Trials were conducted on a highly infested fields with Imperata cylindrica at Mokwa ( 09o 18’N and 05o 04’E) during 2009 and 2010 cropping seasons to evaluate the effects of rice husk, hoe weeding and glyphosate application in the management of spear grass (Imperata cylindrica) on maize (Zea mays L). The trials were laid out in a Randomised Complete Block Design (RCBD) consisted of four treatments viz: rice husk, glyphosate application, hoe weeding and no weeding as a control replicated four (4) times. The results showed that the burning of rice husk caused significant (p < 0.05) delay in the number of days to first emergence and lower shoot count of Imperata cylindrica with resultant higher maize cobs and grain yield were compared to those of application of glyphosate, hoe weeding and no weeding. However, the maize plants were found to be significantly (p < 0.05) taller at the time of harvest with the application of glyphosate and burning of rice husk than the corresponding hoe weeding and no weeding.

Key words: Spear grass (Imperata cylindrica), Rice husk, Glyphosate, Weeding, Maize (Zea mays L.)