Research Projects

I) Indo-Russian project (DST-RFBR)
(Department of Science & Technology - Russian Foundation for Basic Research)

Summary of Progress

A) Ground survey

GPS handheld device was used for considering sugarcane homogenous plots at different phonological stage during the 2019 season. The ground data have been uploaded to VEGA-GEOGLAM to validate by time-series NDVI composite images.

The spectral and temporal profiles of the sugarcane crop were analyzed which helped us in separability of sugarcane with other crops.

750+ samples of sugarcane and other major crops (maize, wheat and turmeric) were surveyed for analyzing crop separability (crop classification) with different agronomic parameters e.g. crop type, crop variety, date of plantation, date of harvesting, intercropping, mix cropping, soil type, irrigation type, and yield.

These samples were considered randomly between Bagalkot and Belgaum district.

B) Arable land mapping

The sentinel-2 images were considered for extracting the arable lands.

The images were broadly classified into 5 classes namely agriculture, forestry, waterbody, built-up and fallowland.

The maximum likelihood classifier was adopted to classify the study area.

C) Crop classification and variety identification:

We are applying different machine learning algorithms like support vector machine and neural using ENVI software. We are yet to receive outstanding results from any of the algorithms.

Further other machine learning methods like Random Forest (RF) will be used if accuracy needs to be enhanced.

Variety: Main sugarcane growing varieties in Bagalkot and Belgaum like Co 86032, Co 0671 and Co 91010 are being analyzed based on their spectral changes at different phonological stages for separability.

Exchange visits undertaken

Russian Team Visited on 17 march 2019 – 24 march 2019.

Visiting Scientists were Dr. Sergey Bartalev, Elkina Evgeniya, and Plotnikov Dmitry.

 

KIAAR and IKI (Russian Team) during the inauguration day

II. KIAAR is now a JECAM Centre

We are now one of the only two JECAM (Joint Experiment of crop Assessment and Monitoring) Centres from India.  The other one being Vijayawada registered by IIT, Mumbai. JECAM is an initiative of GEO (Group on Earth Observations).

The advantages of being a JECAM centre

Free SAR images of RADARSAT – 2 Satellite, (two each month) which otherwise would cost around $ 3000 per image.

These images help us in crop monitoring even during cloudy days in monsoon season

About JECAM

The JECAM initiative is focused on developing and comparing methods, establishing data collection and reporting standards and developing best practices, through the analysis of coordinated ground and satellite data collected for a number of well documented sites around the World.

      The JECAM sites are looking at a common range of monitoring needs over a very diverse range of landscape conditions and cropping systems, including:

  • Crop identification and acreage estimation

  • Yield prediction

  • Near Real Time crop condition

  • Land Management

  • Soil moisture

  • Yield Estimation

 

III. Effect of Potassium Salt of Active Phosphorus (PSAP) and Cropsil on yield and quality parameters of sugarcane.

ObjectiveTo study the effect of PSAP and Cropsil on yield and Quality parameters of sugarcane
Technical Programme:
Design: Split Plot
Replications : 3
Plot size : 5 m (L) x 10.5 m (W) = 52.5 sq. mtr.
Treatments: 12
Variety: Co 86032
Main Plots1) Target yield (100 t/ha)
2) Target yield (150 t/ha)
3) Target yield (200 t/ha)
4) Target yield (250 t/ha)
Sub Plots1) PSAP (30–40 DAP 500 g/acre, 4 g/lit. of water)
(60-70 DAP 800 g/acre, 4 g/lit. of water)
(90-100 DAP 1200 g/acre, 4/lit. of water)
(120-130 DAP 1500 g/acre, 4/lit. of water)
(150-170 DAP 1500 g/acre, 4/lit. of water)
2)Cropsil (1 lit./acre – drenching at 45 days after planting)
2) Cropsil (1 lit./acre – drenching at 45 days after planting)
(2 ml/lit. of water – spraying at 75 days after
Planting)
(2 ml./lit. of water – spraying at 105 days after
Planting)
(2 ml./lit. of water – spraying at 135 days after
Planting)
(1 lit./acre – drenching at before 1 month harvest)
3) control

Iv. Scheduling of drip irrigation based on crop coefficients at different physiological stages of sugarcane.

Objectives

1) To find out the optimum water requirement of  sugarcane at  different crop growth stages. 

 

2) To find out the optimum Kc values for different physiological stages of sugarcane.

Technical Programme:

Design                      :  Split – split

Replications             :  3

Plot size                   :  10 m (L) x 12 m (W)  = 120 m2

Variety                     :  Co 86032

Main plots (crop factor)   

1. M1 –           5 (Germination)

2. M2 –           75 (Early establishment)

Sub plots (crop factor)

1. T1 –           0  (Tillering phase)

  1.  T2 –           25 (Formative phase)

Sub-Sub plots (crop factor)

  1. G1 –           5 (Grand growth stage)

  2. G2 –           0 (Grand growth stage)

Ongoing Research programmes

  • Effect of Potassium Salt of Active Phosphorus (PSAP) and Cropsil on yield and quality parameters of sugarcane. (Approved in RAC Meeting held on 24-11-2018).

  • Scheduling of drip irrigation based on crop coefficients at different physiological stages of sugarcane (Approved in RAC Meeting held on 24-11-2018).

  • Response of energy cane variety SBIEC 14006 to nutrient and irrigation levels. (Planted on 26-2-2018).

  • Intercropping studies in Adsali sugarcane. (Approved in RAC Meeting held on 13-10-2017)

  • Studies on Fertigation schedule in Adsali sugarcane. (Approved in RAC Meeting held on 13-10-2017).

  • Studies on organic sugarcane production in Adsali sugarcane planting. (Approved in RAC Meeting held on 13-10-2017).

  • Evaluation of new sugarcane genotypes through farmers’ participation using Mother and Baby trials concept of CIMMYT, Mexico (Planted on 4-4-2018).

  • Influence of sugarcane plant propagules on the growth, yield and quality of sugarcane (Planted on 7-4-2018).

  • Effect of Bountigel-P (Hydro-gel) on sugarcane in the nursery and under field conditions (As per the suggestion of CMD).

Work done and Activities

  • From April-2018 to March-2019 about 2339 soil samples and 29 water samples were analysed.

  • Vermicompost production capacity was doubled by constructing additional Vermi compost pits. With this expansion, KIAAR is now able to produce around 100 tons of Vermicompost per annum which is being used on KIAAR farms.

  • Biofertilizer production has been started. License for the manufacture and sale was obtained from the Government of Karnataka. So far, two tones of Biofertilizers (N fixers – Azospirillum brasilense, Gluconacetobactor diazotrophicus and P solubilizer – Bacillus megaterium) have been supplied to Solar Magic Private Limited for sale to farmers.

  • The current production capacity is 30 tones/annum. It is proposed to upscale the production facility to 200 tones/annum. As per the suggestion of CMD, an application for a term loan of Rs.1.50 crores has been submitted to the Union Bank of India. The Bank Officers have inspected the existing facilities and have submitted the report to the sanctioning authority.  

  • About 42,000 Tissue Culture plantlets and 12, 45,327 single eye bud settlings were produced from April – 2018 to March – 2019.

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