Textbook of Field Crops Production
ABOUT THE BOOK: After the Green Revolution set in the late 1960's the foodgrain production of
our country has increased by leaps and bounds; from a mere 74.2 million tonnes
in 1966-67 to about 208 million tonnes in 1999-2000. Much of this success has
been made through the increase in wheat production from 11.4 million tonnes in
1966-67 to 74 million tonnes in 1999-2000 and to some extent in rice in the
non-traditional rice belt in the north-western India, where rice-wheat rotation
covers about 10 million ha and is the major provider to the Government food
procurement for public distribution system. This increase in rice and wheat
production has been possible owing to the availability of high-yielding
varieties and a match development of the suitable agronomic package of
practices. Availability of rice hybrids which have higher potential calls for
further fine tuning of the agronomic package. New packages of agronomic
practices have also been developed for hybrids of maize, sorghum, millet and
cotton; and these hybrids require intensive and careful application of inputs
for higher efficiency and profit.
Availability of high-yielding varieties/hybrids and increased irrigated facilities have resulted in the development of higher productive intensive cropping systems in several parts of the country and this calls for further agronomic research based on cropping system approach. Similarly for increased production in dryland areas, where most of India's oilseeds and pulses are grown, new and better varieties and matching agronomic practices involving moisture conservation and efficient use of available soil moisture and fertilizers and other inputs have been developed in the last two decades. Considerable research has also been done in the chemical control of weeds, and integrated weed management packages have been developed for most field crops.
Although considerable advances have been made in the dairying and animal food (meat, fish, pork, poultry) production, India's food security is and will continue to remain based on successful field crop production. The need for a comprehensive textbook on field crops specially for post-graduate instruction had long been felt and I hope this book will meet this need. The text is adequately illustrated with tables, figures, and photographs to bring out the significant findings.
I am grateful to the authors of different chapters for their kind co-operation. I am also grateful to Dr S.L. Mehta, former Deputy Director-General (Edn) and Dr (Mrs) Tej Verma, Assistant Director-General (Home Sci.), ICAR, for their time to time advice and help. Special thanks are due to Drjitendra Pandey, Principal Scientist, IARI, New Delhi for help while finalizing the textbook.
EDITOR: Dr. Rajendra Prasad | ISBN: 9798171640118 | YEAR: 2006 | PAGES: 821 | SIZE: 16 x 25 x 5 cm. | BINDING: Hard | LANGUAGE: English
3. Cereal Crops
g. Small millets
4. Grain Legumes
a. Kharij Pulses
(Pigeonpea, Greengram, Blackgram, Cowpea)
b. Rabi Pulses
(Chickpea, Lentil, Peas, Lathyrus, Frenchbean)
5. Oilseed Crops
6. Fibre Crops
7. Cash Crops