Spatial Distribution of DTPA-Extractable Micronutrients in Arid Soils of Jhunjhunun District, Rajasthan


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  • Mahesh Kumar ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur 342 003
  • P C Moharana ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur 342 003
  • P Raina 104, Subhash Nagar, Pal Road, Jodhpur 342 008,
  • Amal Kar A-1/6, Baitalik Housing Society, KMDA Housing Complex, Baghajatin, Kolkata, 700 094,

Abstract

Based on 252 georeferenced surface soil samples (0-30 cm), the spatial variability of DTPA-extractable micronutrients viz., Zn, Fe, Mn, and Cu, in four major land uses in Jhunjhunun District, has been mapped in a GIS environment, and their adequacy determined as per the criteria followed in the soil testing laboratories. Zn content in soils varied from 0.28 to 3.6 mg kg-1, Fe from 3.2 to 30.4 mg kg-1, Mn from 3.4 to 40.5 mg kg-1 and Cu from 0.12 to 4.8 mg kg-1. About 18% area (106704 ha) of the district is deficient in Zn, and 6.3% area (37346.4 ha) in Fe. Deficiency of Mn and Cu is negligible. Individual micronutrient deficiency is more prominent than deficiency of micronutrients in combinations. A broad positive correlation of the DTPA-extractable micronutrients is found with soil organic carbon and clay, while soil pH and CaCO3 has negative influence on the availability of Zn, Mn and Fe. Key words: Micronutrients, spatial variability, land use, GIS.

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2016-11-26

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2016-11-26

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Spatial Distribution of DTPA-Extractable Micronutrients in Arid Soils of Jhunjhunun District, Rajasthan. (2016). Annals of Arid Zone, 53(1). https://epubs.icar.org.in/index.php/AAZ/article/view/63122