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Legume Research, volume 39 issue 6 (december 2016) : 970-975

Productivity and profitability of maize (Zea mays) as influenced by intercropping of rajmash (Phaseolus vulgaris) and nutrient management techniques under sub-alpine conditions of Jammu, India 

Manpreet Kour*, N.P. Thakur1, Purshotam Kumar2, A.S. Charak3
1<p>Division of ILFC, F.V. SC&amp;A.H., Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu,&nbsp;Chatha, Jammu- 180 009, India.</p>
Cite article:- Kour* Manpreet, Thakur1 N.P., Kumar2 Purshotam, Charak3 A.S. (2016). Productivity and profitability of maize (Zea mays) as influenced by intercropping of rajmash (Phaseolus vulgaris) and nutrient management techniquesunder sub-alpine conditions of Jammu, India . Legume Research. 39(6): 970-975. doi: 10.18805/lr.v0iOF.11042.

A field experiment was conducted during kharif  2011 and 2012  at Sartangal to study  the effect of intercropping and nutrient management on productivity and profitability of cultivating maize under sub-alpine conditions of Jammu. The inter-cropping systems  were sole maize,  sole rajmash, maize + rajmash in a 1:1 row (1 rows of maize alternating with 1 row of rajmash) and maize + rajmash in 2:1 row (2 rows of maize alternating with 1 row of rajmash). The nutrient management treatments were, T1 =control (no fertility), T2 = 100% NPK (RDF, recommended dose of fertilizers), T3 = 75% RDF + 25% N through farmyard manure (FYM) and T4=50% RDF + 50% N (FYM).  Among cropping system maize + rajmash (1:1) produced  highest maize grain equivalent yield (MEY, 7772 kg ha-1), net returns  (INR 52190 ha-1), B:C ratio (1.81), land equivalent ratio (LER, 1.40) and area time equivalent ratio (ATER, 1.38). Whereas among nutrient management techniques, 75% RDF + 25%  N (FYM) produced highest MEY (7681 kg ha-1), net returns (INR 52585 ha-1) and B:C ratio of 1.88 with highest LER (1.36) and ATER (1.33).

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