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Precision Farming and Protected Cultivation Concepts and Applications

    342 Pages 170 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    The book consists of 32 chapters featuring the concepts and applications of precision farming
    and protected cultivation broadly covered with theoretical and practical approach. The first 8 chapters are
    exclusively designed to provide detailed information on concept, need, objectives, benefits, components,
    applications and limitations of precision farming; laser leveler and its working mechanism, components
    and functioning; mechanized sowing and types of mechanical seeders and their use; approaches for
    mapping of soils and plant attributes; site-specific weed and nutrient management; precision management
    of insect-pests and diseases; yield mapping in horticultural crops.
    An attempt has been made to cover the concept and application of protected cultivation in chapters
    from 9 to 30 characteristically highlighting the concept of greenhouse technology, its principles as well as
    historical and technological developments, agrivoltaic system, its concept and features, response of plant species
    under greenhouse conditions, criteria for the selection of crops and varieties for protected cultivation,
    basic considerations for site selection, orientation and designing of greenhouse structures, climate control
    mechanisms for cooling and heating in greenhouses, components, accessories and BIS codes for protected
    cultivation, types of Irrigation system for greenhouse production system, growing media for greenhouse cultivation, soil pasteurization namely solarization, steam sterilization, chemical sterilization and
    augmentation with biological agents, checking the suitability of soil and water for greenhouse crops, plug
    tray nursery raising, basics of fertigation in greenhouse production system, packages of practice for
    greenhouse cucumber, bell pepper, tomato and melons, potential of pruning as unconventional alternative
    for mass multiplication of greenhouse cucumber and tomato, types of soil-less cultures, GAP for
    protected cultivation and economic analysis of protected cultivation.
    Note: T&F does not sell or distribute the Hardback in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. 

    1. Precision Farming: Concept, Need, Objectives and Benefits 2. Precision Farming: Components, Applications and Limitations 3. Laser Leveler: Working Mechanism, its Components and Functioning 4. Mechanized Sowing:  Terms, Types of Mechanical Seeders and their Use 5. Approaches for Mapping of Soil and Plant Attributes 6. Site-specific Weed and Nutrient Management
    7. Precision Management of Insect-pests and Diseases 8. Yield Mapping in Horticultural Crops 9. Greenhouse Technology: Principles, Historical and Technological Developments 10. Classification of Greenhouse Structures and Specifications for Traditional/Low-cost Greenhouses 11. Agrivoltaic System: Concept and Features 12. Plant Response Under Greenhouse Production System 13. Preconditions for Crops and Varieties Selection Under Protected Culture 14. Basic Considerations for Site Selection, Orientation and Designing of Greenhouse Structures 15. Climate Control Systems for Cooling and Heating in Greenhouses 16. Greenhouse: Components, Accessories and BIS Codes 17. Irrigation Management in Greenhouse Production System 18. Growing Media for Greenhouse Cultivation 19. Soil Pasteurization 20. Testing Soil and Water Suitability for Greenhouse Crops 21. Plug Tray: A Component of High Tech Nursery 22. Basics of Fertigation in Greenhouse Production System
    23. Production Technology of Cucumber Under Protected Environment  24. Production Technology of Bell Pepper Under Protected Environment 25. Production Technology of Tomato Under Protected Environment 26. Production Technology for Melons Under Protected Environment 27. Pruning: A Virtuous and Unconventional Alternative for Mass Multiplication of Greenhouse Cucumber and Tomato 28. Systems of Soil-less Cultivation 29. Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Protected Cultivation 30. Cost Concept and Economic Analysis of Protected Cultivation 31. Understanding The Concept of Vegetable Grafting 32. Microgreens: A New Class of Edibles for Nutrition and Livelihood


    Sanjeev Kumar, Navsari Agricultural University, Gujarat, India

    S.N. Saravaiya, Navsari Agricultural University, Gujarat, India

    A.K. Pandey, Navsari Agricultural University, Gujarat, India