Boron Deficiency in Cotton Grown on Calcareous Soils of Pakistan
Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) in Pakistan is grown in irrigated cotton-wheat system on ~3 Mha alkaline-calcareous, alluvial soils. Despite enhanced use of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilisers, however, cotton productivity has rather stagnated or declined. Considering soils properties, boron (B) mining with cropping, prevalence of B deficiency in other crops (Rashid et al., 1994, Rashid et al., 1997) and high sensitivity of cotton to B deficiency (Shorrocks, 1992), B deficiency was also suspected in this crop. Therefore, we monitored B status and mapped spatial variability of B in cotton plants and associated soils across the major cotton areas of Pakistan.
KeywordsCotton Plant Calcareous Soil Alluvial Soil Cotton Field Geostatistical Technique
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