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Method of Sowing: Pearl millet

 

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Method of Sowing: Pearl millet

Three systems of pearl millet sowing are followed:

  • sowing on a flat surface,

  • sowing on a ridge-and-furrow system,

  • sowing on a broadbed-and-furrow system.

Sowing on flat surface  Ridge and furrow system

           Sowing on flat surface                        Ridge and furrow system

When seeds are sown using ridge and furrow system, the seeds are either sown at the bottom of the furrow or on the side or top of the ridge.

Planting In The Side of The Ridge

                   Planting In The Side of The Ridge

Planting In The Furrow

                              Planting In The Furrow

Planting In The Top Of The Ridge

                Planting In The Top Of The Ridge

Planting on the side or top of the ride is practiced in heavy rainfall areas and under irrigated conditions.

The broadbed-and-furrow (BBF) system has an advantage over flat sowing in

  • draining off excess water,

  • providing more soil aeration for plant growth,

  • greater in-situ moisture conservation.

  • easier for weeding and mechanical harvesting.

Broad-bed and Furrow

                Broad-bed and Furrow

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