PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF DIFFERENT SEED BED CONFIGURATIONS IN CHICKPEA CULTIVATION IN MALWA REGION OF MADHYA PRADESH, INDIARajesh Gupta, A.L., Basediya and K.P. Asati
The field trials were conducted during the three consecutive years Rabi 2018-19, Rabi 2019-20 and Rabi 2020-21 at farmerâs field in the adopted villages of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh to assess the effect of different seed bed configurations on growth characters and yield of chickpea crop. The experiment consists of three seed bed configurations i.e., flat bed sowing by conventional seed drill (T1), broad bed sowing by broad bed furrow seed drill (T2) and raised bed sowing by furrow irrigated raised bed seed drill (T3) with ten replications. The treatment T3 was found significantly superior in terms of nodulation (nodules per plant), number of pods/plant, grain yield, straw yield and biological yield as compared to treatments T1 and T2. The grain yield was found significantly higher in treatment T3 (19.24 q/ha) followed by treatment T2 (16.85 q/ha) and treatment T1 (14.08 q/ha). The treatment T3 was found most economical with highest B:C ratio of 2.21 as compared to lower B:C ratio of 1.96 and 1.69 for treatment T2 and T1 respectively. The results of the study indicated that the cultivation of chickpea on furrow irrigated raised bed is economically feasible.