|Author:||Selvaraju, R. ; Ramaswami, C.|
|Book Group Author:||NA|
Four bare fallow practices-basin tillage, shallow tillage, compartmental bunding and no-tillage-were compared with cowpea cropping for moisture conservation and crop production. The treatments were tested on sorghum + pigeonpea and pearl millet + cowpea intercrops. Two shallow tillage passes during the fallow period increased the soil moisture accumulation by 39% over traditional no-tillage fallow. Fallowing with tillage improved the soil properties and the growth and yield of succeeding season intercrops. Pre-season cowpea-cropped plots recorded 10.2% and 7.8% greater yields of sorghum and pearl millet base crops respectively, but this effect applied only when the succeeding season gets adequate rainfall. Sorghum + pigeonpea produced 26.5% more dry matter than pearl millet + cowpea.
|Pages:||190 - 195|
cowpeas, crop management, crop production, cropping systems,cultivation, fallow, intercropping, intercrops, millets, no-tillage,pearl millet, pigeon peas, rotations, seedbed preparation, soilproperties, soil water, tillage, water conservation, yields, India,Cajanus cajan, Pennisetum glaucum, Sorghum, Vigna unguiculata, Vigna,Papilionoideae, Fabaceae, Fabales, dicotyledons, angiosperms,Spermatophyta, plants, eukaryotes, Pennisetum, Poaceae, Cyperales,monocotyledons, Cajanus, South Asia, Asia, Developing Countries,Commonwealth of Nations, black-eyed peas, bulrush millet, crop rotation,fallowing, no-tillage systems, rotational cropping, seedbed cultivation,soil cultivation, soil moisture, southern peas, zero tillage, PlantProduction (FF100), Plant Cropping Systems (FF150), Soil Management(JJ900), Soil Physics (JJ300), Erosion; Soil and Water Conservation(PP400)