IJSRP, Volume 2, Issue 9, September 2012 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
R.H. Meena, J. D. Giri, S.K. Sharma
In the present study and research work, soil-site suitability evaluation was made for the Malwa plateau of Banwara district in southern Rajasthan for chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). Ten typical pedons representing major landforms of Malwa plateau in Banswara district, Rajasthan were evaluated for their suitability to chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) cultivation using limitation method regarding number and intensity of limitations. The study suggests that chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) is moderately suitable in soils of Pedon P8 but marginally suitable in soils of Pedon P1, P2, P3, P4, and P5 whereas soils of Pedon P6 and P10 are not suitable for chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) cultivation. Soil depth, wetness (drainage), erosion, texture and organic carbon are the major limitations for crop growth in the most of soils of Malwa plateau. The suitability classes can be improved if the correctable limitations (soil fertility characteristics) are altered through application of farm yard manure, green manuring and inclusion of legumes rotation.