Characterization and evaluation of local germplasm finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.)
V V Bhavsar, Sneha R Sapkal, K K Barhate
Among 40 genotypes studied, the genotype DHFM-32 (days to 50 percent flowering), DHFM-38 (days to maturity), DHFM-12 (plant height) DHFM-18 (number of tillers per plant and number of productive tillers per plant), DHFM-39 (main ear head length), DHFM-31 (number of fingers per ear head), DHFM-27 (100 ml volume per weight), DHFM-18 (grain yield per plant), DHFM-12 (grain iron content), DHFM-40 (grain calcium content) showed high performance for the respective characters. The variability for grain yield was ranged between 6.33 to 39.33 g. Along with other yield contributing characters also showed good amount of variability. Days to 50 per cent flowering ranged between 77.66 to 113.00 days with mean 93.43 days. Other characters also recorded large range of variability viz.; days to maturity (115.00 to 156.66 days), plant height (75.33 to 137.33 cm), number of tillers per plant (2.00 to 8.46), number of productive tillers per plant (2.00 to 8.10), main earhead length (6.00 to 13.00 cm), number fingers per earhead (4.00 to 10.33), 100 ml volume weight (57.00 to 119.33 g), grain iron content ( 1.52 to 12.42 mg/100 g) and grain calcium content (180 to 416mg/100 g).