A field experiment was conducted in farmer owned land located in Varaghanathi river basin to demonstrate the yield performance of sugarcane varieties grown with chip bud method of propagation in combination with drip fertigation system. The study revealed that sugarcane propagated using chip bud method expressed significant growth performance in sugarcane. The plant height and number of tillers did not express any significant results invariable to method of propagation and varieties. The chip bud method of propagation recorded significantly higher millable cane (74.0), cane girth (3.04cm), cane weight (2.47 kg) and cane yield (135.9 t ha-1) at the time of harvest as compared to sett method. However, average cane yield was significantly higher under variety Co86032 (159.0 t ha-1) as compared to other ruling varieties in the study region. The lowest cane yield was recorded in variety PI 1401. However, there was no interaction observed between the method of propagation and sugarcane varieties. It can be concluded that chip bud method of propagation in sugarcane would increase significant cane yield as influenced sub surface drip fertigation that lower the mortality of canes.
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