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Organic production techniques in Pigeonpea - Irrigation and Water Management

Irrigation and Water Requirements

Red Gram requires 35-40 cm water, during its entire growth period. Optimum moisture is necessary during (a) budding (b) flowering and (c) pod formation stages. As red gram is a rainfed crop grown in assured rainfall areas, usually it does not require any irrigation. If there is water stress, protective irrigation may be given in alternate rows at these 3 stages. Avoid inter culture operations after harvesting of intercrop. Use harvested intercrops' biomass as mulch to preserve soil moisture and to maintain microbial activity.

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