Spatial Distribution of Rainy Season Fallows in Madhya Pradesh: Potential for Increasing Productivity and Minimizing Land Degradation

Wani, S P and Dwivedi, R S and Ramana, K V and Vadivelu, A and Navalgund, R R and Pande, A B (2006) Spatial Distribution of Rainy Season Fallows in Madhya Pradesh: Potential for Increasing Productivity and Minimizing Land Degradation. Journal of SAT Agricultural Research, 2 (1). pp. 1-36. ISSN 0973-3094

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Madhya Pradesh in Central India is endowed with vertisols and associated soils along with assured rainfall(700-1200 mm yr-1). The vertisols contain high (40-60%) montmorillintic clay and exhibit typical swelling and shrinking characteristic under moist and dry conditions. Vertisols have poor hydraulic conductivity and consequently, are frequently poorly drained. Traditionally farmers grow a secured post-rainy season crop on stored soil moisture and keep the fields fallow during rainy season. The most dense region of rainy season following in semi-arid tropical India covers areas endowed with vertisols. Realizing the potential of vertisols in supporting a short-duration crop during rainy season, which otherwise is left fallow, a pilot study was taken up by ICRISAT to delineate the rainy season (Kharif) fallows in Madhya Pradesh. The Indian Remote Sensing Satellite (IRS-IC/-ID/-P3) Wide Field Sensor (WiFS) data acquired during peak kharif, post-kharif, mid-rabi cropping season was used. The analytical approach employed involves geo-referencing and radiometric normalization of multi-temporal WiFS data, and delineation of kharif fallows in a Silicon Graphic Work Station using ERDAS/IMAGINE software and a per-pixel Gaussian maximum likelihood algorithm and limited field check. While mid-kharif and post-kharif season WiFS data enabled detection of lands that remain fallow during kharif season, mid-rabi season WiFS data allowed further verification of the delineation since such lands have been found supporting mostly wheat crop during rabi season. An estimated area of 2.02 million ha, accounting for 6.57% of the total area of the state is lying fallow. Utilization of kharif fallows for short-duration pulse crops like soybean may help not only to boost agriculture production but also to improve the sustainability of the agro-ecosystem and minimize land degradation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Others > Land Degradation
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2011 11:45
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2011 11:45
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