Sunday, September 6, 2015

SRT (Saguna Rice Technique) - No-till rice technique

SRT (Saguna Rice Technique) is a no-till based rice cultivating method developed by Chandrashekhar Bhadsavle from Maharashtra. This is no-till method, but uses herbicides and chemical fertilizer for weed control, so my personal recommendation is not to use this as it is, but modify and use it without herbicides and chemical fertilizer.

I have plans to use this SRT method with heavy mulching so that weed control can be done manually with minimal effort. With heavy mulching, weeds will be less and what ever comes can be easily pulled out, but to some extend mulch will interfere with weeding. Another option is to use a proper cover crop so that weed can be controlled.

Raised beds of 4.5 feet width is made with a gap in between beds. Cowpea/horse gram/wal pea is planted on permanent raised beds first.  Holes are made in bed by using an iron structure with pegs and putting 2 seeds in each hole and covering it by soil. Once this crop matures and harvested, roots and 2-3 inches of stem is left there while cutting the crop. After this crop, Holes are made in bed by using an iron structure with pegs and putting 3-4 seeds in each hole and covering it by soil.

More details can be seen in the link.

https://sagunarice.wordpress.com/srt-an-introduction/

Another blog where SRT is referred..

http://beingdgreen.blogspot.in/2015/09/saguna-rice-technique-srt-asconvergence.html


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