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AG 506 AGRONOMY OF CEREAL CROPS                                                                               (3L+1P) I

Objective
  To teach the crop husbandry of cereal crops

Theory

UNIT I
  Origin, history, production trends, adaptability, classification, varietal improvement, climate and soil requirements, cultural, nutritional, weed and water management, quality components for maximum production of kharif cereals - rice, maize, sorghum and pearlmillet.

UNIT II
  Origin, history, production trends, adaptability, classification, varietal improvement, climate and soil requirements, cultural, nutritional, weed and water management, quality components for maximum production of rabi cereals - wheat and barley.

UNIT III
  Cereal-based cropping systems – their role in food security, productivity patterns. Physiological aspects of yield formation, approaches for breaking yield barrier and the role of agronomy.

UNIT V
  Integrated nutrient, water and weed management in cereal-based cropping systems. Agronomic management in problematic soils. Recent advances in research on cereal crops.

Practicals
  Phenological studies at growth stages of crops. Growth indices analysis: CGR, RGR, NAR, LAD, LAI, and root growth. Calculation of cropping and rotational intensity. Physiological maturity and crop yield estimation. Estimation of crop yield on the basis of yield attributes. Planning and layout of experiments. Nutrient, water and weed management practices. Study of seed production techniques in various crops. Determination of harvest index and economics of different crops. Nutrient-use efficiency and nutrient balance studies in cereal-based systems.

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