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BIO Web Conf.
Volume 17, 2020
International Scientific-Practical Conference “Agriculture and Food Security: Technology, Innovation, Markets, Human Resources” (FIES 2019)
Article Number 00074
Number of page(s) 5
DOI https://doi.org/10.1051/bioconf/20201700074
Published online 28 February 2020

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1 Introduction

Corn – is very responsive to photoactive radiation, which contributes to the intensive accumulation of biologically active substances. However, it should be noted that the culture of corn in a broad sense, along with this feature, is also responsive to soil and climatic conditions, where optimal nutritional parameters play a crucial role in obtaining high productivity [1, 2].

Experiments with the use of mineral fertilizers in corn crops are carried out not only in the regions of the Russian Federation [35], but also on other continents [6, 7].

Along with the biological features of corn hybrids and weather conditions, according to Sidelnikova N.A. and Smirnova V.V., plant density and mineral fertilizers had a smaller impact on the leaf surface area [5].

On the leached chernozem of the Stavropol Upland, fertilizer doses of the brand N17P17K17, regardless of the method of fertilizer, increased the area of the leaf surface of corn for silage [8].

In the conditions of the Volga region of the Republic of Tatarstan, the largest increase in the leaf surface occurred in the crops of the Flint hybrid – 200 [9].

Comparing the data on the effect of mineral nutrition on the indicators of chlorophyll activity and corn productivity, the level of increase in corn yield resulting from application of fertilizers was significantly higher than the level of increase in photosynthetic activity of chlorophyll. There was a noticeable increase in corn productivity. The collection of its dry matter increased by 43%, and the yield of green mass – by 24%. The yield increase occurs as a result of the redistribution of photosynthesis products in favor of the above-ground mass [10].

The complex use of macro-fertilizers in background of as a supplement to liming and pre-sowing treatment of seeds with zinc-containing compounds increased the coefficient of productivity of photosynthesis to 2.03%, from 0.56% in tropical Africa [11].

The use of high-efficiency fertilizers, such as urea with a polymer coating, can be a good option for managing nitrogen to increase the yield of corn, improve grain quality and reduce nitrogen in the soil [12].

In North Dakota, a positive response of corn yield to potash fertilizer application (K130 and K200) was revealed at 25 sites [13].

Table 1.

The area of the leaf surface and its increase in interfacial periods of corn development, thousand m2/ha

Table 2.

Photosynthetic potential of corn in milky-wax ripeness, thousand m2 x day/ha and net photosynthesis productivity, g/m2

Table 3.

The yield of corn hybrids in the phase of milky-wax ripeness, t/ha

Table 4.

Economic efficiency of corn cultivation for green mass

2 Research methods

Studies were carried out in 2013–2015 in field experiments on crops of adaptive corn hybrids:

Krasnodar – 194, Flint – 200, Koenigs, ROSS – 140 and Newton (in the tables, numbering will be used: № 1 – Krasnodar – 194, № 2 – Flint – 200, № 3 – Koenigs, № 4 – ROSS – 140 and № 5 – Newton). The soil is gray forest with a low humus content of 2.1%, high content of mobile phosphorus 151 mg/kg P2O5 and potassium 172 mg/kg K2O.

Mineral fertilizers were applied in two ways:

  • preseeding – diammofoska (10:26:26) + potassium salt (0: 0: 60);

  • dressing with interrow processing – ammonium nitrate (34: 0: 0).

Macroelements were calculated by calculation and balance method, taking into account soil fertility for the planned yield of green mass 50 (N60P54K168) and 70 t/ha (N180P154K294). The repetition is threefold.

Samples of plants were collected in phases of 7–8 leaves, flowering and milky ripeness of corn grain. Leaf surface area was calculated by die cutting. The photosynthetic potential (AF) and its productivity were calculated by the method of Nichiporovich. The net productivity of photosynthesis (PPF) was determined by the increase in the dry mass of plants, attributed to the leaf surface area during the reference period [14].

3 Results

The most important indicator of the formation of a crop of green mass of corn is the leaf area. The average amount of mineral fertilizers in the flowering phase over three years ensured an increase in leaf area by 2.6–9.82 thousand m2/ha in the variant with introduction of NPK at 50 t/ha N60P54K168 and (70 t/ha) 4.85–14.56 thousand m2/ha in N180P154K294 (Table 1).

The greatest responsiveness to improved nutrition was revealed in Koenigs and ROSS-140 hybrids. In the phase of milk maturity, the leaf surface area on the fertilizer application in the calculation of 50 t/ha of green mass was 47.59 thousand m2/ha and 38.37 thousand m2/ha, respectively. In one version – the planned production of 70 t/ha of green mass of corn, the leaf area of the Koenigs hybrid was 48.38 thousand m2/ha, and in the ROSS-140 hybrid – 42.92 thousand m2/ha. Less responsiveness to the reception of intensification was revealed in the Flint – 200 hybrid.

The trend of positive responsiveness of corn hybrids to the application of mineral fertilizers has been preserved in terms of the increase in leaf surface during the interphase periods of culture development.

The growth of the Newton hybrid leaf surface for the interphase flowering period – milky ripeness on the 50 and 70 t/ha mineral fertilizer application options amounted to 9.79 and 10.23 thousand m2/ha. Without fertilization, the growth of the leaf surface during the period of intensive growth of corn by hybrids was:

Krasnodar – 194–18.75 thousand m2/ha, Flint – 200–26.01 thousand m2/ha, Koenigs – 25.24 thousand m2/ha, ROSS – 140–13.08 thousand m2/ha, Newton – 23.89 thousand m2/ha. The values of this indicator against the background with the introduction of mineral fertilizers at 50 t/ha were higher on average by 5.5 and against the background of the application of NPC at 70 t/ha it was 6.1 thousand m2/ha.

There is a direct relationship between the photosynthetic activity of the leaves and the accumulation of dry matter by plants, which subsequently affects the increase in yield (Table 2).

The number of “working days” of the leaf surface during vegetation on a windy background was the limit from 1125.95 to 1695.99 thousand m2 x day/ha. The maximum and minimum values of this indicator against the background of application of mineral fertilizers at 50 t/ha 1956.52 thousand m2 x day/ha in the hybrid Koenigs and 70 t/ha 1538.58 thousand m2 x day/ha in the hybrid ROSS-140. Option in the variant with introduction of mineral fertilizers at 70 t/ha, the photosynthetic potential was the limit of 1766.96 to 2066.31 thousand m2 x day/ha the maximum values in hybrids Koenigs and Flint – 200.

The introduction of macronutrients increased both the leaf surface area and the indicator of the photosynthetic potential of corn leaves.

The introduction of macronutrients increased both the leaf surface area and the indicator of the photosynthetic potential of corn leaves.

During the growing season, the maximum values of the net productivity of photosynthesis of corn among fertilized varieties were in hybrids Krasnodar – 194 and Flint – 200 or 4.00 and 4.08 g/m2 when planning production of 50 t/ha of green mass, 5.38 and 5.35 g/m2 when making N180P154K294.

On an unsuitable background, the net productivity of photosynthesis for hybrids was: Krasnodar – 194 was 2.78 g/m2, Flint – 200–2.62 g/m2, Koenigs – 2.30 g/m2, ROSS – 140 – 3.12 g/m2, Newton – 2.67 g/m2.

The application of mineral fertilizers provided the planned high yields (Table 3). Without fertilizers on average over 3 years, the yield on hybrids was: Krasnodar – 194–25.1 t/ha, Flint – 200 – 24.2 t/ha, Koenigs – 22.9 t/ha, ROSS – 140 – 22.6 t/ha, Newton – 28.1 t/ha.

Against the background with in the variant with introduction of NRK at 50 and 70 t/ha, high yield of green mass was obtained from Flint hybrids – 200 (42.9 and 62.6 t/ha) and Newton (43.9 and 65.3 t/ha).

The lowest yield on the same background was obtained when the Koenigs hybrid was sown at 35.3 t/ha (N60P54K168) and ROSS – 140 – 56.9 t/ha (N180P154K294).

For applying NPK at 50 t/ha, the yield increase by hybrids was a limit of 12.4 to 18.7 t/ha with a maximum value for the Flint hybrid – 200 and a minimum value for the Koenigs hybrid.

When NPK was applied at 70 t/ha (N180P154K294), the increase in yield of green mass in the cultivation of the Krasnodar hybrid – 194 was 35.6 t/ha; hybrid ROSS – 140 – 34.3 t/ha and in hybrid Newton – 37.2 t/ha.

Improving the nutrient regime of the soil in the cultivation of maize for green mass by applying mineral fertilizers was economically beneficial (Table 4).

On the variant without fertilization the main indicators that characterize the economic effect were the hybrid within the following limits: the value of the crop from 13560 to 16860 RUB for 1 ton, the costs of 11515.0 to 13499.9 RUB/ha, the cost of 1 ton of green mass from 480.4–502.9 rubles, net income from 2225.0 to 3360.1 RUB/ha, profitability level from 19.3 to 24.8%.

A greater economic effect on this option was obtained during the cultivation of the Newton hybrid. In the NPK variant, the economic efficiency indicators increased by almost half by 50 t/ha and 70 t/ha. When you make N60P54K168 50 t/ha less the cost of the resulting product was a hybrid Newton – 437.5 RUB for 1 t, which is 37.2 RUB more profitable cultivation of hybrid Koenigs (cost 474.7 RUB). Also on the option of obtaining 50 t/ha of green mass, the hybrid Flint – 200 had good indicators of economic efficiency. Net income amounted to 6735.6 RUB/ha at the level of profitability of 35.4%. This trend continued at the option of any N180P154K294 70 t/ha.

Despite the fact that production costs have increased significantly due to high yields net income from 1 ha was the hybrid Krasnodar – 194 – 9410.9 RUB./ha, the hybrid Flint – 200 – 9915.6 RUB/ha, the hybrid Koenigs – 8519.4 RUB/ha, the hybrid ROSS – 140 – 8062.1 RUB/ha and the maximum of the hybrid Newton – 11028.5 RUB/ha. The level of profitability was the highest in the hybrids Flint – and 200 Newton (35.9 and 39.2%). That is 0.5 and 15.4% more than the option with the introduction of calculated doses of fertilizers to yield 50 t/ha and 2.1 and 14.4% of the option without mineral fertilizers.

4 Conclusion

The application of mineral fertilizers at 50 and 70 t/ha in the cultivation of corn for green mass provided an increase in the leaf surface area by 11.01 and 15.56 thousand m2/ha, compared to the background without fertilizers.

The photosynthetic potential was maximum for the Flint hybrids – 200 and Koenigs (1924.91 and 1956.91 thousand m2 x day/ha) on the NPK introduction variant at 50 t/ha (N60P54K168) and against the introduction of NPK at 70 t/ha (N180P154K294) 2039.84 and 2066.31 thousand m2 x day/ha.

Planned green mass yields were obtained from the Flint-200 and Newton hybrids 42.9 and 43.9 t/ha against the introduction of NPK for 50 t/ha to 62.6 and 65.3 t/ha against the application of mineral fertilizers for 70 t/ha.

Based on the calculations of economic efficiency, it follows that the cultivation of the Newton hybrid against the background of making NPK at the highest cost (28151.5 RUB/ha), and the lowest cost of 1 ton of green mass of corn (431.1 RUB), provides the highest net income (11028.5 RUB/ha) with the best level of profitability (39.2%).

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All Tables

Table 1.

The area of the leaf surface and its increase in interfacial periods of corn development, thousand m2/ha

Table 2.

Photosynthetic potential of corn in milky-wax ripeness, thousand m2 x day/ha and net photosynthesis productivity, g/m2

Table 3.

The yield of corn hybrids in the phase of milky-wax ripeness, t/ha

Table 4.

Economic efficiency of corn cultivation for green mass

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