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|Malve Sachin Himmatrao, Soumay B and Kadasiddappa M|
|A field experiment was carried out during the rainy ( Kharif ) season of 2009-10 at Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, to find out production potential and economic feasibility of rainfed maize ( Zea mays L. ) intercropping with soybean ( Glycine max L.) under row proportion of 1:1 and 1:2 at varying doses of zinc through zinc sulphate (0, 25, 50 and 75 kg ha -1 ). The result revealed that growth and yield components of maize and soybean were less in intercropping systems compared to sole cropping. Intercropping of 1:1 and 1:2 ratios declined the seed yield by 14.75 and 11% in maize and 52.19% and 38.34% in soybean as compared to sole crop. However, the total productivity of systems in terms of maize grain equivalent and LER (6182 kg ha -1 and 1.47) was found to be higher with maize + soybean 1:2 ratio. Irrespective of the cropping system, application of 50 kg ZnSO 4 ha-1 recorded significantly higher grain yield of maize and soybean (5301 and 936 kg ha -1 ), maize-equivalent yield (6850 kg ha -1 ) and LER. Highest net return (Rs. 43594) and B:C ratio (2.26) were found in maize + soybean 1:2 ratio with 50 kg ZnSO 4 ha -1 application.|
Malve Sachin Himmatrao has completed his M.Sc. at the age of 24 years from ANGRAU and is pursuing Ph.D. in Dept. of Agronomy, College of Agriculture, Rajendranagar, ANGRAU, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
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