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Nutrient Management in Horticultural Crops

H L S Tandon (Author) K N Tiwari (Author)
Fruits And Vegetablesd revised edition on soil, fertilizer and integrated Crop Nutrition published by FDCO. Horticultural Crops (fruits, Vegetables and flowers) arc grown on about c).5 million hectares in India. Their importance to the Income of grower farmers and the national Economy is much greater than their 6.5% share of the net cropped area.

Horticultural crops are heavy feeders of Plant nutrients. A number of crops may absorb 500-1,000 kg of N + P1O..+K1O/ha/year or even more under good management conditions. Fertilizer is a proven input for increasing crop productivity, crop quality and farm income. Fertiliser application is recommended for most Fruits and vegetables often along with Organic manures and appropriate biofertilisers in order to obtain high yields and produce of good quality.

Advice on the correct use of fertilisers is sought by all growers in order to maximize returns from Investment in these purchased inputs. In order to advise the growers, the extension, promotion, sales and advisory staff need ready access to Research based fertiliser recommendations. In this guidebook the authors have compiled, state-wise fertiliser Recommendations for fruit, Vegetable and flower plants.

Recommendations on fertilisers, organic manures and biofertilisers for both major and micro nutrients, preferred fertiliser types if any, and the recommended Times and methods of fertiliser application are given. Three background chapters have been provided on (i) the horticultural Scenario (ii) various plant nutrients and their sources and (iii) nutrient management in horticultural crops. These are followed by available crop wise and state-wise practical recommendations. Finally a list of references, list of improved crop varieties, sources of additional information and other commonly sought information such as on acronyms and conversion factors has been included.

The book contains information on about 100 horticultural crops and all plant nutrients as also on the mineral organic and biofertilisers. We hope that it will be useful to horticultural officers and advisors, horticulturists, consultants nurseries, field advisory staff of the industry and other organizations, Soil and plant testing laboratories, teachers, students, training centres, KVKs, dealers, and institutions financing horticulture.
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About the author

H L S Tandon

Dr. HLS Tandon is the founder directior of Fertiliser Development and Consultation Organisation (FDCO), a New Delhi-based private and independent technical consulting and publishing organization. He earned his MS and Ph D degrees in soil science from the University of Illinois, USA and has 45 years experience in research, development and writing in soil fertility, fertilizers, crop nutrition and integrated nutrient management. He has collaborated with and has been consulted by a number of Indian and international organizations. Dr. Tandon has authored/co-authored/edited close to 50 books and over 1000 papers in the areas of his speciality. Books published by the FDCO have enjoyed extensive, broad-based readership in India and a large number of other countries. He is widely travelled and has been an invited speaker at several Indian and international academic, developmental and industrial forums.

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Bibliographic information

Title Nutrient Management in Horticultural Crops
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2008
Edition 3rd ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185116563
length 190p., Illustrations; 22cm.