•In Maharashtra 18 % soils and 25 % sugarcane crops are deficient in plant available sulphur. Application of S @ 60 kg/ha is recommended for increasing cane yield. In alkaline calcareous soils, elemental S and non- calcareous coarse- textured soils, phosphogypsum and pressmud cake suggested as more effective sources of sulphur in sugarcane.
•In medium black soil, only one application of silicon @ 400 kg/ha through bagasse ash or calcium silicate as a basal
dose for increasing sugarcane and sugar yield of plant cane and its two successive ratoon crop is recommended.
•For higher cane yield, CCS yield and net monetary returns, the application of potassium @ 225 kg K2O/ha through
sulphate of potash is recommended alongwith recommended dose of N (340 kg/ha) and P2O5 (170 kg/ha) for sodic soils
of Western Maharashtra.
•The practice of cross sub-soiling at 1m distance and two harrowing before plantation of sugarcane is recommended to
increase cane and sugar yield in ill drained problematic soils. (AICRP recommendation).
•Foliar application of Multimacronutrient (N-8%, P-8%, K-8%) and Multimicronutrient (Grade II: Fe-2.5%, Mn-1%, Zn-3%,
Cu-1%, Mo-0.1%, B-0.5%) liquid fertilizers @ 5 L each in 500 L water at 60 days and second spray @ 7.5 L each in 750 L
water at 90 days after planting or ratooning with general recommended dose of nutrient is recommended for higher
sugarcane yield and returns.
•Application of 50 % recommended dose of fertilizer through drip irrigation in conjunction with foliar application of N
fixing endophytic bacterial culture at 60 days after planting and foliar application of multinutrients increased yield by
23.94 % of plant cane and 12.60 % in ratoon crop.
•Application of recommended dose of potash in four splits i.e 25% at planting + 25% at 120 days after planting + 25% at
180 days after planting + 25% at 240 days after planting increased cane and sugar yield.
•Fertilizer dose (NPK) reduced to 50% of the total dose worked out by STCR technique along with biofertilizer kg ha-1 to
achieve cane yield 200 kg ha-1 in plant cane crop and 125 kg ha-1 in ratoon crop.
•The effect of VSI’s humic acid with chemical fertilizer on yield and quality of sugarcane was studied and indicated that
application of recommended dose of fertilizer with FYM 25 t/ha and drenching of humic acid @ 2.5 lit/ha in two splits
(at planting & 120 DAP) increased cane yield by 14.5 t/ha and sugar yield by 2.6 t/ha and found economically beneficial
(2.80) compared to control. Humic acid application increased the availability of P & K in soil.
•The Judicious use of soil test crop response (STCR) technique and biofertilizer were tested for achieving cane yield target
of 200 t/ha in plantcane and 125 t/ha in ratoon crop in medium black soil. The results revealed that fertilizer dose (NPK)
can be reduced to 50% of the total dose worked out by STCR technique along with the biofertilizer to achieve cane yield target.
•Formulation of VSI- Microsol (Solid water soluble Micronutrient mixture)- for soil application or thorugh drip. Product
composition – Fe- 2.0%, Mn-1.0%, Zn-5.0%, Cu-0.5%, B - 1.0%, Mo-0.0%