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Interdisciplinary International Science Journal

Volume 41 (2023)
Issue 3D
Page No. 2160




Mukesh Kumar, Kapil,

Ram Naresh,

Amandeep Joon, Baljeet Singh Gaat

Environment and Ecology 41 (3D): 2160—2167, July—September 2023
Article DOI:
ISSN 0970-0420

Optimization of Nitrogen Dose through Fertigation
in Cauliflower under Drip Irrigation

Anshul, Mukesh Kumar, Kapil, Ram Naresh, Vijay,
Amandeep Joon, Baljeet Singh Gaat

Received 18 April 2023, Accepted 19 July 2023, Published on 20 September 2023



Proper management of nitrogenous fertilizers is of paramount importance for economical crop production and sustainable soil-water-atmosphere ecosystem. The present study was conducted to examine the effect of different nitrogen fertigation levels on cauliflower crop  through  drip irrigation. The  nitrogen fertilizer (urea) was applied in 35 equal doses with irrigation water applied at alternate day through drip irrigation system. Soil moisture in the soil profile of different treatments  was  recorded  at fortnight interval.  The observed moisture content tended to decrease with increase in radial distance from the drip lateral at all soil depths. The  soil moisture  tended to decrease with increase in soil depth at all radial distances, throughout the soil profile, during whole crop period, in all the treatments. The cauliflower yield with N-fertigation of 90 kg ha-1 (75% of Recommended dose of N), 120 kg ha-1 (100% RDN) and 150 kg ha-1 (125% RDN) was found to be 221 q ha-1, 231 q ha-1 and 234 q ha-1 respectively. The water use efficiency (WUE) was calculated to be 80.7 kg m-3, 84.2 kg m-3 and 85.4 kg m-3 under 75% RDN, 100% RDN and 125 % RDN respectively. The nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) was found to be 245.6 kg kg-1, 192.2 kg  kg-1 and 156  kg  kg-1  under 75% RDN, 100% RDN and 125% RDN respectively. The increased N-fertigation level did not improve the cauliflower yield and WUE much but reduced the NUE to a great extent.

Keywords    Cauliflower, Drip irrigation, Fertigation, Nutrient-use-efficiency, Water-use- efficiency.

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