Tips for Pigeon pea cultivation

Unique method of pigeon pea cultivation includes

  1. Using certified seeds
  2. Consulting agriculture scientists for key information and adopting them into planning.
  3. Raising pigeonpea in polythene bags and transplanting the seedlings.
  4. Alternately, dibbling the pigeonpea seeds (?) (sowing at reduced cultivation cost)
  5. Optimizing adjustments to spacing
  6. Flowering to provide an indication of the yield estimate

Notes:

Each pigeon pea plant would yield 1.5kg to 1kg. A target of 20quintals/acre would decide the optimum spacing decisions.

Wider spacing to help in realizing better flowering and pod setting through higher number of productive branches. The plants get more sunlight, good aeration, reduces humidity in the microclimate, which in turn keeps diseases and pests at bay.

Transplanting is labor intensive method and costlier by Rs 2500 by acre. But suitable when limited irrigation facilities are available.

(Gurulingappa, a farmer living in Hudgi village, Humnabad taluk, of Karnataka’s Bidar district had generated very high yields — close to 20 quintals of pigeon pea per acre. In his mid-50s and has over 35 years of experience in farming he has been conducting experiments to find ways to touch the highest yield potential of some key crops – as reported in http://www.growmorepulses.com)

Tips for other crops from the article

For chickpea (kabul kadale), using a spacing of 1’ × 1’, as much as 8–10 quintals per acre is obtained, as compared to conventional sowing in which one gets only 4–5 quintals.

With sugarcane higher yield with minimum expenditure by managing weeds with mulching – without any inter cultivation (helping moisture conservation and enhanced the activity of natural enemies  reducing the cost of irrigation and pesticide use) Producing an yield of 50 tonnes / acre at a cost of only Rs15,000. The second [ratoon] crop gave 45 tonnes, at a cost of only Rs3,000.