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Know how Sulfur is used in soybean farming

Chandrakala Yadav planted improved variety of soybean, got double benefit


Soybean is the major oilseed crop of Kharif season. Protein is abundant in soybean farming. Apart from making soya vadi, milk and cheese, oil is also extracted from it. That’s why its demand always remains.

About 12 million tonnes of soybean is produced in India. Its maximum production is in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Madhya Pradesh alone accounts for 45 percent of the total production, while Maharashtra produces 40 percent. It should have warm and moist climate for its cultivation. For good growth of plants, the temperature should be 26-32 degree celsius. Its production is good even in loamy soil, it is necessary to have proper drainage system. Correct use of fertilizers is also necessary to get a good soybean crop. A woman farmer from Dewas district used sulfur and got good results.

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Role of nutrients 

Fertilizers should be used in soybean farming on the basis of soil test. This is what Chandrakala Yadav, a woman farmer from Kulala village in Dewas district, did. First of all, she got the soil of the field tested. After that sulfur was used. Chandrakala Yadav used second nutrient sulfur on soybean variety JS-2034. 

In the front line demonstration, the application of sulfur yielded 20.78 quintals per hectare, while the normal production yielded 17.36 quintals per hectare. Soybean contains 40 percent protein and 20 percent oil. In our country, it is produced the most in Madhya Pradesh, that’s why it is known as Soya State.

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Increased production of sulfur 

Farmers were advised to apply major, secondary and micronutrients on the basis of soil test to get more production from soybean farming. Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dewas planned front line demonstration for the use of sulfur in soybean crop. Under this training was given to woman farmer Chandrakala Yadav. Also explained the importance of nutrients. Then the soil of her farm was tested, which showed that it was deficient in sulphur. Then his field was selected for front line demonstration and sulfur was used. Meanwhile, the officials of Krishi Vigyan Kendra used to visit her farm from time to time and give her necessary advice. Increase in yield was observed with the use of sulfur. Compared to traditional farming, it got 28.77 percent more production. Not only this, it was also revealed in the research that the amount of oil in the grains also increased with the use of sulfur at the time of sowing.

Sulfur is beneficial for oilseed crops 

Sulfur was used at the rate of 20 kg per hectare in the front line demonstration held in Chandrakala’s field in 2018. Along with soybean, Chandrakala also cultivates gram and wheat. Earlier, she used only Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potash, due to which the production was not good, but after the use of Sulphur, her production improved a lot. This proves that secondary nutrients have an important role in increasing the production. 

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