Authors : Mudi Anayib, Nzekwe, R.U., Terzulum, J.I., Mathew G.

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 Volume 3 Issue 12

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The experiment was carried out in the demonstration farm of Federal College of Forestry, Jos during the 2017 farming season to evaluate eight varieties of groundnut (Arachis hypogea, L.). The experiment consists of varieties of groundnut Samnut (10, 11, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26) which represent the treatments which were replicated three (3) times each in a plot size of 2×1m in a Randomized Complete Block Design ((RCBD). Data collected include plant height at 3, 5 and 7WAP; leaf count 5 and 7WAP; number of branches 3, 5 and 7WAP; number of flowers at 50% and 100% flowering; number of pods, pods length at harvest and finally yield in kg/ha at harvest. The data were subjected to analysis of variance (ANOVA) and the least significant difference at 5% level of significance using mini-tab 17.0 versions to separate the means. The results show that there was significant difference at (P<0.05) for plant height at 3, 5 and 7WAP, while treatments did not differ significantly in terms of leaf count and number of branches at 3, 5 and 7WAP. In number of flowers, significant difference was observed at 50% flowering while there was no statistical difference at 100% flowering. Treatments did not show significant difference in terms of number of pods and pod length at harvest at (P<0.05). The highest yield value of (148.84kg/ha) was recorded in samnut 10. Other yields in kg/ha from other treatments includes samnut (22, 23, 11, 21, 25, 24 and 26) (107.00kg/ha, 53.67kg/ha, 47.84kg/ha, 40.84kg/ha, 39.07kg/ha, 37.00kg/ha and 36.96kg/ha). The results show that planting samnut 10 with some agronomic improvement in Jos will give much more yield compared to what was obtained.
Keywords:- Arachis hypogeae, weeks after planting (WAP), Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD), ANOVA (Analysis of Variance).