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Acta Scientiarum. Agronomy

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POZZA, Adélia Aziz Alexandre et al. Zinc sulfate leaf fertilizing in the yield and zinc and phosphorus leaf contents of the Arabic coffee plant. Acta Sci., Agron. [online]. 2009, vol.31, n.1, pp.49-55. ISSN 1807-8621.

Aiming to evaluate the dose and application schedule of foliar Zn-sulfate spraying in growing and yield of Arabic coffee Mundo Novo, a field experiment was set up on Distroferric Red Latosol, at the Experimental Station of the EPAMIG in São Sebastião do Paraíso. The statistical design used was randomized blocks in s 4 x 2 factorial scheme with five replications and a 30-plant plot with six central valid plants. Zinc sulfate (ZnSO4) was sprayed under 4 concentrations 0; 0.5; 1.0 and 1.5%, two or four applications per agricultural year. Phosphorus and zinc leaf levels were evaluated for eight years and the yields. It was possible to conclude that there is a positive response to the increasing concentrations of ZnSO4 applied on the leaves in terms of yield, and to Zn levels in the leaves. Four low concentrations sprayings promoted higher yields than two high concentrations. The highest yields were achieved with 10.8 and 12.6 kg ha-1 of ZnSO4, for 2 and 4 yearly applications, respectively. It is suggested as a critical range for the Zn leaves values between 10 and 28 mg kg-1 and for P/Zn ratio, between 100 and 150.

Keywords : yield; Coffea arabica; zinc dosis; critical level; P/Zn ratio.

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