EFFECTS OF HUMIC ACID AND PHOSPHORUS APPLICATIONS ON NUTRIENT COMPOSITION OF LENTIL (Lens culinaris Medic.)]
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Lentil (Lens culinaris Medic.) is an important food crop with high protein content. This study aimed to determine the effects of increasing doses of phosphorus and humic acid applications on P, K, Ca, Mg, Fe, Cu, Mn, Zn, protein ratio and seed yield in lentil cultivar. The study was carried out in the research and application during the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 cropping seasons in field of Agriculture Faculty Yuzuncu Yil University, Turkey. The experiment comprised a factorial randomised complete block design replicated three times with three phosphorus treatments 0, 40 and 80 kg ha(-1), as triple superphosphate, and three humic acid treatments 0, 300 and 600 kg ha(-1). For basic fertilisation 40 kg ha(-1) ammonium sulphate were applied for nitrogen. The nutrient contents of seed and yield were significantly increased by increasing phosphorus and humic acid levels except for Zn content nutrient. The combination between phosphorus at 80 kg P2O5 ha(-1) and humic acid at 600 kg ha(-1) gave the highest growth and production as well as minerals composition (P, K, Ca, Mg, Fe, Cu and Mn) and protein content compared to other treatments. Humic acid increased the availability of phosphors, macronutrients and micronutrients.