Performance of Sunnhemp (Crotalaria juncea L.) as a Summer Season (Pre-Monsoon) Crop for Fibre

  •  M. K. Tripathi    
  •  Babita Chaudhary    
  •  S. K. Sarkar    
  •  S. R. Singh    
  •  H. R. Bhandari    
  •  B. S. Mahapatra    


The field experiments were conducted during the summer (pre-monsoon) seasons of 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 at Sunnhemp Research Station, CRIJAF-ICAR, Pratapgarh, U.P., India to assess the feasibility of sunnhemp cultivation for fibre purpose during summer season after harvest of wheat crop. The experiments were laid out in randomized block design. The data from different experiments indicated that sowing of sunnhemp crop for fibre purpose during 2nd fortnight of April at the spacing of 15cm x 10cm and harvesting at 90 days after sowing recorded higher fibre yield. The summer season crop escaped from the attack of most of the insect pest besides allowing time for the transplanting of rice crop also. The results indicated that sunnhemp could be easily accommodated in prevailing rice-wheat cropping system during summer season.

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