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International Journal of Agronomy
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 738263, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/738263
Research Article

Modeling Sunflower Productivity and Profitability in Relation to Adequate and Limited Sulphur Availability under Semiarid Irrigated Conditions

1Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141 004, Punjab, India
2Oilseeds Section, Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, CCS HAU, Hisar, Haryana 125 004, India
3Computer Section, CCS HAU, Hisar-125 004, Haryana, India

Received 7 March 2013; Revised 30 May 2013; Accepted 30 May 2013

Academic Editor: Rodomiro Ortiz

Copyright © 2013 Parvender Sheoran et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Inadequate and/or imbalanced fertilization has been identified as one of the critical bottlenecks holding oilseeds production and productivity. Sustainable production requires efficient use of inputs maintaining optimum yield and high quality product. The present study aims at defining the quantitative relationship between the fertilizer S applied and the sunflower yield obtained using a polynomial function. The analysis was done to allocate the S fertilizer for maximization of net profit over fertilizer cost depending on the availability of the fertilizer. The results indicated that the cost effective economically optimum dose of sulphur for sunflower cultivation was found to be 36.70 kg S/ha under its full availability. The expected sunflower yield at this dose was worked out to be 2.619 t/ha. However, it is advisable to uniformly distribute the fertilizer to all over the cultivable area under its limited availability for exploiting the desired yield potential and maximum net monetary returns.