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Crop Production :: Minor Millets :: Tenai

Foxtail millet (Tenai)– (Setaria italica)

Package of practices for Tenai

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Panicle Panicle Grain

Season and Varieties

Crop Districts grown
Tenai Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Salem, Namakkal, Erode, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli, Perambalur, Karur, Madurai, Theni, Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi.

District/Season Variety
Rainfed
a)    June-July (Hill slopes of Coimbatore and Erode Districts) CO 6, CO (Te) 7
b)    September-October (Coimbatore and Southerndistricts) CO 6, CO (Te) 7
Irrigated
a)   February-March
b)   September-October
CO 6, CO (Te) 7

PARTICULARS CO 6 CO (Te) 7
Parentage Hybrid derivative of CO 5 x ISE 301 CO 5 x ISE 248
Duration (days) 85-90 80-85
Pigmentation green Greenish purple
Tillering ability High high
Panicles Long and drooping Long, compact
Grain Character Bold & Yellow yellow
Grain Yield (kg/ha) Straw 1565
3.7 t/ha
1855
5.1 t/ha
Special features Suitable for irrigated & rainfed conditions, good grain quality, rich in protein, fat and minerals than CO 5 Non lodging
High yielding

 Seeds and sowing:

For line planting

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10kg/ha

For sowing

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12.5kg/ha for use of Gorru or seed drill is recommended.

Seed treatment

:

Treat 1 kg of seeds with 2 g Thiram or
Carbendazim.

Field preparation

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Plough the field thoroughly using a small iron
plough or country plough to fine tilth.

Fertilizer application

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Apply basally
FYM/Compost      12.5 t/ha
Nitrogen                44 kg/ha
Phosphorus          22 kg/ha

Spacing

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For line planting 22 x 10 cm, for sowing 10 cm in between plants

Weeding

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First weeding on 15 th DAS and the second on 40th DAS

Thinning

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Before 20 DAS

Plant protection

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Generally no major problem of pests and diseases

Post Harvest Technology

Updated on : March 2014