IMPROVING SOIL HEALTH AND PRODUCTIVITY IN BROWN SARSON VAR. KS-101 (BRASSICA RAPA L.) IN ALFISOLS OF TEMPERATE KASHMIR THROUGH ORGANIC AND INORGANIC NUTRIENT SOURCESSartaj, A. Wani1*, Tahir Ali, Subhash Chand and Khursid A. Sofi
A pot experiment was conducted in greenhouse of the division of Soil Science SKUAST-Kashmir, during rabi season with a soil neutral in pH, silty clay loam in texture, medium in available N and slightly higher in available P to study the effect of various organic and inorganic nutrient sources on soil health and productivity in Brown sarson (Brassica rapa L.). The experiment was carried out under eight different treatment combinations of NPKS, vermicompost and Azotobacter in a Complete Randomised Design (CRD) with three replications. The results revealed combined effect of 75% NPKS + 50% vermicompost showed 103.77% and 64.32% increase over control in seed and stover yields respectively. Post harvest soil analysis showed that inorganic fertilizers along with vermicompost and Azotobacter significantly improved physicochemical properties and nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and sulphur availability.
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