Management of drought through crop diversification and intercropping based on rainfall analysis in Western India.

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Year Published: 2007
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Author: Jat, M. L. ; Sharma, S. K. ; Kothari, A. K. ; Jain, L.K. ; Balyan, J. K.
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Based on rainfall analysis (1960-2004) and soil moisture retention properties at the Dryland Farming Research Station, Arjia, Bhilwara in Rajasthan (India), short duration maize with in-situ moisture conservation practices, diversified crops and intercrops were grown, and explored the possibility of recycling the harvested rain water in medium-textured soils for 4 years (2000-04). The mean date of onset of effective monsoon was found to be the 27th week (2-8 July) and withdrawal of southwest monsoon by the 40th week (1-7 October). Mid season and terminal drought were likely to occur during 33-35 weeks and 36th week onwards, respectively. Different rainfall situations were observed. In flat sowing and ridging after the first inter cultural operations, the mean maize yield increase by 13.2% over farmers practice without any extra cost. The in-situ moisture conservation practices, crop diversification and intercropping techniques were found to be very effective for drought mitigation. The maize+black gram gave higher mean maize equivalent yield (1663 kg/ha) and rainwater use efficiency (3.92 kg ha1 mm1) compared to sole maize with in-situ moisture conservation practices and black gram.

Pages: 153 - 162
Volume: 22
Number: 2
Journal: Indian Journal of Dryland Agricultural Research and Development
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ISSN: 0971-2062

black gram, crop yield, diversification, drought,intercropping, intercrops, maize, plant water relations, rain, ridging,soil water, sowing, water use efficiency, India, Rajasthan, Vigna mungo,Zea mays, South Asia, Asia, Developing Countries, Commonwealth ofNations, India, Vigna, Papilionoideae, Fabaceae, Fabales, dicotyledons,angiosperms, Spermatophyta, plants, eukaryotes, Zea, Poaceae, Cyperales,monocotyledons, corn, rainfall, seed sowing, soil moisture, Field Crops(FF005) (New March 2000), Plant Water Relations (FF062), PlantProduction (FF100), Plant Cropping Systems (FF150), Soil Physics(JJ300), Soil Water Management (Irrigation and Drainage) (JJ800)(Revised June 2002) [formerly Soil Water Management], Water Resources(PP200), Meteorology and Climate (PP500)

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