Tomato

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Where

China

Crop

Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), variety NO.4 Zhengfen

Soil Type

Sandy, fluvisol (fluvo-aquic soil)

When

Planting: March 2016
Harvest: June 2016

Measurements

Yield, number of fruits per plant, and fruit weight

Polysulphate significantly increased yields, on average by 8.8%, when compared to farmer practice.

Location

Shangqiu, Henan province, China.

Objective

To evaluate the addition of Polysulphate and sulphate of potash (SOP) to the farmers’ practice on the yield and yield parameters of tomato crop grown in Henan Province, China.

Treatments

This randomized complete block trial consisted of three replicates with three treatments.

  1. Farmer practice,
  2. Farmer practice + 750 kg/ha of SOP, and
  3. Farmer practice + 750 kg/ha of Polysulphate.

Farmer practice consisted of applying 7.5 ton/ha organic fertilizer as base-fertilizer. In addition, there were 4 topdressings during the whole growth period. Each topdressing consisted of 75 kg/ha urea and 150 kg/ha compound fertilizer (15-15-15).

Results

  • Polysulphate application led to an increase in the number of fruits per plant, and an increase in fruit weight.
  • Compared with SOP application, the average yield in the treatment with Polysulphate increased by 4.88 ton/ha (yield increase of 5.9%).
  • Polysulphate addition significantly increased yields as compared with farmer practice: the average yield when treated with Polysulphate increased by 8.8%.

 

Polysulphate fertilizer significantly increased yields by an averag of 8.8%