BALANCED NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT OF MUSTARD (Brassica juncea L.) IN RICEMUSTARD- SESAME CROPPING SYSTEM IN RED AND LATERITIC SOIL
|Debkanta Mandal* and G.N. Chattopadhyay
Soil Testing Laboratary, Palli Siksha Bhavana, Institute of Agriculture, Visva-Bharati, Sriniketan-731236, West Bengal, India
|Corresponding Author: Debkanta Mandal, E-mail: [email protected]|
|Received: 20 November 2014 Accepted: 24 December 2014|
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An experiment was conducted during the Rabi season to study the effect of balanced fertilization on mustard yield (var. RW-351; Bhagirathi) in rice-mustard-sesame cropping system in low productive multi nutrient stressed red and lateritic soil. After comprehensive soil test report, yield target based recommendations for applications of different plant nutrients (N, P, K, S and B) were also obtained for the crop. Based on these recommendations, fourteen numbers of fertilizer treatments were prepared. With these, two more treatments were added are the state fertilizer recommendation and the fertilization practice commonly used in the area by the farmers. Among different treatments, the soil test based recommendation of N, K, S and B along with 25% higher level of P (N140 P2O5 175 K2O 112B S) appeared to be the most effective in improving various growth attributes, yield attributes and highest seed yield (1.65 t ha-1) of mustard.