While comparing transplanted or directed seeded puddled rice, owing to lack of wet tillage such as puddling, the present semi dry rice system provides more leaching losses of applied nutrients along with percolation losses of irrigation water.This results in poor nutrient uptake, that reflects on poor grain yield, even by advocating improved technologiesSemi dry rice is usually grown with initial dry tillage and seeds are drilled in lines with a seed drill.The drilled crop provides sufficient row space that facilitates wet inter tillage with suitable implements especially at the time of conversion of dry to wet system, usually 6 to 7 weeks after dry sowing. The adoption of wet inter tillage is able to alter the soil physical environments and thereby minimize percolation losses of irrigation and leaching losses of applied nutrients during wet environment.
Inter-tillage technique for semi-dry rice
by , The Hindu, 26 February, 2009
\"Watermelon is a short term crop (60 days) and if done in large acreage a farmer can earn a good profit,” he says. Unlike the regular (red flesh) watermelon variety, the farmer is also growing yellow (mythila), also called next generation or ice pack variety, and orange (devyani) varieties.
Humic acid increases yield substantially in watermelon
by M.J. Prabu, The Hindu, 12 March, 2009
Take the case of a farmer named Mr. G. Ranga Prabu at Pudhupatti village in Theni district, Tamil Nadu. With several acres of cardamom plantations and nearly 1,000 local variety coconut trees, Mr. Prabu had nothing to worry about in terms of monetary returns.
A farmer’s quest for a solution ends in pig success
by M J Prabu, The Hindu, 22 January, 2009
The banana mulch that remains each time after the harvest has piled on to about a feet above the original soil level. “There is no weeding, no inputs, and no costs as it is a continuous self managed cycle that only requires harvesting,” adds Mr. Arunachalam. Vegetables such as ladies finger, brinjal, chilli, ridge gourd and pumpkin, papaya, green gram and black gram are grown as intercrops in the banana field and have fetched nearly Rs. 10,000. “If I can earn rupees six lakhs from my three acres in 365 days, without spending much on inputs, why not other farmers?” he asks. For more information, readers can contact Mr. V.S. Arunachalam, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Kulavikaradu, P.vellalapalayam,(po), Gobichettipalayam, Erode, Tamil Nadu, Pin:638476, mobile: 9443346323
Sustainable farming: low investment, maximum returns
by M.J. Prabu, The Hindu, 01 January, 2009
Over a thousand agricultural experts from around the world, who had gathered in Delhi last week for the fourth congress on conservation agriculture, deliberated an issue that is vital for sustaining high-growth agriculture without clashing with the environment. Of late, modern agriculture has come in for considerable flak for causing possibly irretrievable damage to the earth\'s natural resources, notably soil and water, and for vitiating the environment through harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Conservation agriculture, involving some novel farm practices, is said to be an antidote for most of the ill-effects of intensive farming. For, it aims to not only reduce the damage to natural resources and the environment but actually reverse it. The resource conservation practices conceived for this include minimum or zero tillage, letting crop residues get back into the soil instead of burning them, immaculate land leveling to ensure the even spread of water, and applying only need-based fertiliser and water to crops.
Now, conservation farming
by , The Business Standard, 09 February, 2009