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World Journal of Agricultural Research. 2014, 2(6A), 13-17
DOI: 10.12691/wjar-2-6A-3
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Maize Production under No-Tillage System in Nepal

Tika Bahadur Karki1, and Jiban Shrestha1

1Nepal Agricultural Research Council, National Maize Research Program, Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal

Pub. Date: December 28, 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification)

Cite this paper:
Tika Bahadur Karki and Jiban Shrestha. Maize Production under No-Tillage System in Nepal. World Journal of Agricultural Research. 2014; 2(6A):13-17. doi: 10.12691/wjar-2-6A-3

Abstract

Maize (Zea mays L.) is the second most important staple food crop after rice in Nepal. In Nepal, maize is grown under intensive tillage ssystem of 2-3 ploughings for land preparation and atleast two intercultural operations for weeding and earthling-up operation. Alternative to conventional tillage system, no-till system is a specialized type of conservation tillage consisting of a one-pass planting and fertilizer operation in which the soil and the surface residues are minimally disturbed. No-tillage maize production conserves soil and water and reduces capital investment in machinery for land preparations and intercultural operations, but most important to many producers, no-tillage can improve maize yields. However, very limited works have been done so far in Nepal. Therefore, an attempt has been made in this article to highlight the importance of no till in maize in the hills of Nepal and some of the practical tips to adopt the no- till maize production system in Nepal.

Keywords:
maize production no tillage and Nepal

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