Influence of various concentrations of BD-501 and Sashyagavya on yield and quality of cabbage.
A field experiment was conducted during Rabi 2012-13 at the experimental farm of IRTDM faculty centre, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, Ranchi to find out and observe the influence of different concentrations of BD-501 and Sashyagavya on yield and quality of cabbage. The treatments entailed of the combinations of Biodynamic preparations (BD-501) with 1%, 5% and 10% concentrations and Sashyagavya (10%) solution.
The experiment comprises of the application of organic manure along with treatments like BD-501 and Sashyagavya which imparted and reported beneficial and valuable effect on growth and yield attributes of cabbage as well as in the soil chemical properties. All the growth parameters (head length, head diameter, number of non-wrapper leaves and head weight) and quality parameters of cabbage heads as well as the soil chemical properties were positively influenced by BD-501 and Sashyagavya application. The performance of cabbage was poor and not up to the required mark in the case of the treatment where no organic input was applied; as a consequence poor growth and quality and lower yields was obtained from the control treatment.
Supplementation of organic sources of manures resulted in higher yield of cabbage heads with higher ascorbic acid (T5), total sugar content (T5), reducing sugar content (T7) and TSS content (T4) as compared to the control treatment or even the samples collected from the farmer’s fields where the crop was grown through conventional methods of farming.
Key words: Cabbage, Brassica oleraceae var. capitata, Organic, Biodynamics, Yield attributes, Quality parameters.