Implementing Climate-Smart Sowing Techniques to Enhance Soybean Crop Yields

Indore: ICAR-Indian Institute of Soybean Research, Indore station is working on developing climate smart technologies and new varieties of soyabean to enhance productivity under changing climatic conditions.

The centre is aiming to promote some of the climate smart sowing methods like Broad Bed Furrow/Ridge Furrow on a larger scale in soyabean cultivation areas for improving the productivity in soyabean.

“Increased incidences of biotic factors that include insects and diseases and adverse climatic conditions like long dry spells, high temperatures are experienced in many parts of the country where soybean is grown as a major rainy season crop. These factors impact productivity and cultivation of soyabean,” said Dr KH Singh, director, ICAR-IISR.

He said the institute has successfully developed soybean varieties and production technologies to withstand adverse climatic conditions and sowing methods like Broad Bed Furrow, Ridge Furrow needs to be promoted and disseminated on a larger scale for better results.

Recently, the institute conducted a three Days Trainers’ Training on “Climate Smart Technologies to Enhance Soybean Productivity under Changed Climate” where more than 80 scientists, officials from Krishi Vigyan Kendra and Input dealers from 11 states attended the training through hybrid mode.

Dr BU Dupare, principal scientist, ICAR-IISR, Indore said, “Climate change is affecting each and everything. It is seen that the number of rainy days have reduced but intensity of rainfall has gone up. These factors affect cultivation and hampers growth and productivity.”

Dupare said, to address the climate change factor, the institute has developed a drought resistant variety NRC 136 and the variety was released by the Madhya Pradesh government in the year 2022. “The maturity period of this variety is 110 days and now we are working on reducing this period to 90 days,” said Dupare.

Source: Times of India