The book covers basic but very comprehensive information on history of agriculture and relationship of Agronomy with other disciplines, tillage practices, nutrient elements for plant growth, weed and their management, irrigation management, crop physiology, crop ecology, integrated farming system and organic farming. A detailed information on history and origin, improved varieties, agronomic practices and plant protection techniques for important field crops viz. cereals, oilseeds, pulses, sugar crops and fiber crops has been given. Also information on cultivation practices for important medicinal, aromatic and spice crops as well as plantation crops along with their uses/medicinal values has been provided. Apart from this,
information on dry land agriculture, crop production under special situations and hints for achieving higher yield of field crops are also given in details. This book will be very helpful for B.Sc. Agriculture as well as M.Sc. Agronomy students throughout the country as it covers nerly the entire syllabus for Agronomy courses framed by ICAR.
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Dr U S Walia, Sr. Agronomist-cum-Head (Retd.), Department of Agronomy, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana has teaching, research and extension experience for about thirty seven years. He handled nine adhoc research projects funded by national and international agencies especially in the field of weed science. His publications include four books, six book chapters, five research bulletins, four extension bulletins, two practical manuals, 350 publications (research and extension) and more than 90 recommendations (as co-worker) have been included in the package of practices for the benefit of the farmers. He has guided 9 M.Sc. and 3 Ph.D. students. His contributions have been recognized through various awards viz. FAI Silver Jubilee Award - 1984 for outstanding Doctoral Research in Fertilizer Usage, fellow as well as Gold Medal of Indian Society of Weed Science during 2004 and 2007 respectively.
Dr S S Walia, is working as Agronomist in the Department of Agronomy, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. He has published 120 research articles, five book chapters and four manuals. Based on his significant contributions in the field of Agronomy, he received P S Deshmukh Young Agronomist award (2005). He is working on farming system and organic farming.