Finger Millet ( Land Selection )

Finger millet can be grown successfully on a wide range of soils. However, well drained sandy loam, clay loam or sandy clay loam soils with less acidity (>4 pH) and aluminium toxicity are preferred. Finger millet has fairly good tolerance to soil acidity, and gives reasonable yields under the conditions where other crops would fail. Good seed yields are obtained from soils where fertility conditions are adequate.

Land grown with finger millet in previous season(s) should be avoided in order to reduce the problem of rogues, volunteers and the incidence of soil borne diseases. Fields with severity of grassy weeds like Eleusine africana or E. indica should be avoided. A weed free land is desirable for finger millet seed production.

Finger millet is a highly self pollinated (cleistogamous) crop with less than 1.0% cross pollination, generally by forced physical contacts. Hence, not much isolation distance is needed for a seed crop from other variety(s) of finger millet. However, for successful seed production, a distance of 5 m is recom


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