Impact of different priming methods on the performance of Maize (Zea mays L.)
Haseeb-ur-Rehman, Muhammad Ikram, Nazim Hussain, Hamid Nawaz, Usman–Bin-Yaqoob, Imran Haider
For better cereal production, good stand establishment and seedling emergence are necessary parameters. Seed priming is a very best option to improve stand establishment which ultimately improve the crop yield. The main objective of this experiment was to evaluate efficiency of various seed priming techniques on growth and yield of maize. The treatments of the experiment were Control, hydro-priming, urea priming, zinc priming and moringa leaf extract (MLE) priming on two maize hybrids i.e. Pioneer 30T60 and Rustam12. The experiment was conducted under field conditions in Multan, Punjab, Pakistan during winter, 2016-17. The trial was laid out in randomized complete block design (RCBD) with factorial arrangement having three replications. Priming methods and maize cultivars significantly affected all yield related parameters. Pioneer 30T60 gave maximum values for all yield related parameters. The maximum values for all parameters like plant height, average cob length, number of cobs per plant, number of grains per cob, chlorophyll contents, 1000-grains weight, biological yield and grain yield were recorded where maize seeds were primed with urea solution.