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Year : 2022, Volume : 54, Issue : 3
First page : ( 334) Last page : ( 336)
Print ISSN : 0253-8040. Online ISSN : 0974-8164. Published online : 2022  19.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-8164.2022.00062.4

Herbicidal impact on density of Cuscuta campestris Yunck. emerged in berseem fodder crop

Gupta Varsha*, Sasode Deep Singh, Joshi Ekta, Singh Y.K., Ojha Rahul, Bhadu Kavita

Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Viswa Vidhyalaya, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh474002, India

*Corresponding author email: drvarshagupta11@gmail.com

Online Published on 19 November, 2022.

Received:  16  ,  2022; :  23  ,  2022; Accepted:  25  ,  2022.


A field experiment was conducted at the research farm of RVSKVV Gwalior during Rabi 2018-19 and 2019-20 to assess the efficacy of different pre- and post- emergence herbicides to manage Cuscuta campestris Yunck. in berseem. C. campestris, well known as a dodder, is a serious problem in berseem. Eight treatments consisting of pre-emergence application (PE) of pendimethalin 1000 g/ha, early post-emergence application (EPoE) at 10 days after sowing (DAS) of pendimethalin 1000 g/ha, oxyfluorfen 250 g/ha PE, post-emergence application (PoE) of imazethapyr 40 g/ha after first cut at 60 DAS, imazethapyr 40 g/ha PoE after last cut at 120 DAS, imazethapyr 40 g/ha PoE after first cut + 40 g/ha after last cut, Cuscuta free and control plot (no herbicide application) were laid out in RBD with three replications. Imazethapyr 40 g/ha PoE after first cut at 60 DAS was found to be very effective in controlling the C. campestris resulting 43% and 16% higher fodder and seed yield, respectively with 43.6% higher profitability. The next best was imazethapyr 40 g/ha PoE after first cut + 40 g/ha after last cut. Pendimethalin PE and oxyfluorfen PE caused phytotoxicity to berseem due to the higher dose of both herbicides and reduced the fodder and seed yield drastically.



Berseem, Cuscuta campestris, Fodder crop, Imazethapyr, Oxyfluorfen, Pendimethalin.


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