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High-yielding maize variety developed by Punjab Agricultural University

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has developed and recommended a high-yielding PMH-13 maize variety for planting in Punjab.

Chintu Das

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has produced and recommended a high-yielding PMH-13 maize variety for planting in Punjab during this kharif season. The new variety can be grown in the rural state's climatic circumstances. 

According to Dr. GS Mangat, Additional Director of Research (Crop Improvement), the hybrid maize variety's average yield was 24 quintals per acre, and it took an average of 97 days to mature. 

“Long conico-cylindrical ears with pale orange flint grains adorn it. Maydis leaf blight, charcoal rot (after flowering stalk rot), and maize stem borer resistance is moderate, according to him. He recommended using 10 kg seed per acre to get the best yield from this variety. 

As per maize specialist Dr. SK Sandhu, the best time to sow the hybrid ‘PMH 13' is from the final week of May to the end of June. She told that this hybrid's seed is available at the PAU Seed Shop outside Gate No. 1 on the Ludhiana campus, as well as at all of the University's Krishi Vigyan Kendras. 

She explained that this hybrid is covered by the Punjab Department of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare's subsidy plan. “Maize is a good crop for diversification during the Kharif season,” Dr. Sandhu continued. 

It is utilized in a variety of industries as well as for animal and human consumption. PAU is working hard to make maize a viable alternative for diversification.” 

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