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Legume Research, volume 41 issue 2 (april 2018) : 259-262

Response of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) varieties to irrigation and hydrogel application in Vertisols 

S.P. Halagalimath, S. Rajkumara
1Department of Agronomy, College of Agriculture, Dharwad University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad-580 005, Karnataka, India.
  • Submitted01-06-2016|

  • Accepted04-08-2017|

  • First Online 23-01-2018|

  • doi 10.18805/LR-3735

Cite article:- Halagalimath S.P., Rajkumara S. (2018). Response of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) varieties to irrigation and hydrogel application in Vertisols. Legume Research. 41(2): 259-262. doi: 10.18805/LR-3735.
A field experiment was conducted at Irrigation Water Management Research Centre (IWMRC) Belavatgi, Navalgund taluk of Dharwad district under Vertisols during rabi 2013-15 to study the effect of irrigation and hydrogel application on chickpea varieties in Malaprabha Command area. Irrigation effects were non significant,  however irrigation scheduled at 0.4 IW/CPE + 2.5 kg ha-1 hydrogel recorded higher grain yield (2136 kg ha-1) as compared to irrigation scheduled at 0.6 IW/CPE (2087 kg ha-1) and 0.4 IW/CPE (2025 kg ha-1). It also recorded significantly higher WUE (13.34 kg/ha mm) over 0.6 IW/CPE (8.15 kg/ha mm). Among the varieties ‘JG-11’ recorded significantly higher grain yields (2309 kg ha-1) over other varieties, however they did not affect the WUE. Interaction effect of irrigation levels and varieties was significant for grain yield and WUE. ‘A-1’, ‘JG-11’ and ‘JAKI-9218’ varieties with 2.5 kg ha-1 hydrogel recorded significantly higher WUE and were on par. ‘JG-11’ variety with 0.6 IW/CPE recorded higher gross returns (Rs. 92660/ha), net returns (Rs. 69800/ha) and B:C ratio (3.05).
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