The performance of three okra Abelmoschus esculentus L. Moench varieties were evaluated under irrigation on the floodplain soils of Mubi, North Eastern Nigeria. The treatments consisted of three okra varieties: V1 (improved), V2 (serial) and V3 (local okra) laid out in a randomized complete block design and replicated three times. The land was cleared, ploughed, harrowed, leveled and marked into blocks and plots with 1 m between replication and 0.5 m between plots. Okra seeds were sown by dibbling 3 seeds per hole at 50 cm × 50 cm spacing. The seedlings were later thinned to two plants per stand two weeks after emergence. Phosphorus fertilizer was applied in split doses at the rate of 45 kg P2O5 ha-1 as single super phosphate. Nitrogen was also applied 2 to 4 weeks after emergence as urea at the rate of 40 kg ha-1. The plots were irrigated on weekly bases. The results obtained were subjected to analysis of variance and means separated using Duncan’s multiple range test. Significant (p<0.05) differences were observed for all the parameters measured. V1 (improved) recorded the highest fresh fruit yield of 10.7 tons/ha as compared to V3 (local) that recorded the lowest fresh fruit yield of 4.9 tons/ha. It was observed that V1(improved okra) responded well at this floodplain and performed better in terms of yield output in this region.
Key words: Abelmoschus esculentus, flood plain, soil status, varieties.
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