|Wilson, Jeffrey - Jeff|
Submitted to: International Sorghum and Millets Newsletter
Publication Type: Research Notes
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/15/1999
Publication Date: 5/15/2005
Citation: Panwar, M.S., Wilson, J.P. 2001. Reaction of pearl millet varieties during rust epidemics in Haryana, India. International Sorghum and Millets Newsletter 42:79-81.
Interpretive Summary: Haryana, India is a major pearl millet production area in India. Most of the growers are small landholders and efficient use of the resources is extremely important. Rust appears too late in the season to affect grain yield, but the plant fodder is used as an animal feed after the grain is harvested. The disease causes a severe reduction of digestible dry matter yield of forage. Animal production can be improved by identifying rust resistance among popular or potential cultivars, and by manipulating the cropping season so that the crop escapes infection. Popular and experimental cultivars were evaluated for resistance in 1997 and 1998. Resistant varieties were identified which will improve production efficiency. Of the environmental parameters evaluated, only average temperatures below 27 C was consistently associated with the onset of rust epidemics.
Technical Abstract: Not required.