CHARACTERIZATION AND EVALUATION OF SOIL-SITE SUITABILITY FOR GROUNDNUT IN THE SOILS OF UBEN IRRIGATION COMMAND AREA OF SAURASHTRA REGION IN GUJARAT

Article Id: ARCC1285 | Page : 79 - 86
Citation :- CHARACTERIZATION AND EVALUATION OF SOIL-SITE SUITABILITY FOR GROUNDNUT IN THE SOILS OF UBEN IRRIGATION COMMAND AREA OF SAURASHTRA REGION IN GUJARAT.Legume Research-An International Journal.2010.(33):79 - 86
S.G. Savalia* and J.D. Gundalia
Address : Department of Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagadh – 362 001 (Gujarat).

Abstract

The five representative soil pedons were studied for characterization and evaluate
for soil-site suitability for groundnut in the soils of Uben Irrigation Command Area of
Saurashtra region in Gujarat. All the soils were found dominance of clay (26.4 to 39.8
per cent) and finer in texture. The soils were found clay loam to clayey in texture. The
soils are moderately alkaline reaction and calcareous in nature. The soils were found
low in available nitrogen, medium in phosphorus and high in potash content. The soils
of Vertic Calciustepts [Minor-1, Bava Pipalia (P1) and Minor-4, Arabtimbadi (P2)], Vertic
Haplustepts [Minor-6, Arabtimbadi (P3)] and Lithic Ustorthents [RBMC, Pipalva (P4)]
and Typic Haplustepts (Minor-9, Chowki(P5) are moderately suitable (S2) for groundnut
cultivation. The soil-site characteristics such as drainage, texture and soil fertility
appeared to be most striking factors influencing the crop response.

Keywords

Pedon Ustic Isohyperthermic Piedmont Soil morphology Soil Taxonomy Soil-site suitability Hydraulic property.

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