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Cluster Bean prefers a well-drained sandy loam soil.

Cluster Bean prefers a well-drained sandy loam soil. It can tolerate saline and moderately alkaline soils with pH ranging between 7.5 and 8.0. Heavy clay soils, poor in nodulation and bacterial activities are not suitable for this crop. Soils with medium to light constituents without excessive moisture are suitable for its cultivation. For green fodder and green manuring, the crop is grown during the months of mid April to mid August but for seed purpose best time of sowing is May to august. In rainfed areas the sowing is done after the monsoon rains.In Pakistan two varieties of Guar are developed for fodder and grain purpose i.e. BR – 90 and BR – 99. The developed cultivars are much more insect pest resistant with higher yields. Pod set in improved varieties is higher and pods are well distributed on the main stem and branches increasing harvest efficiency. The multiple branching of these newer cultivars also produces more pods. Crop takes 110 – 120 days to mature after sowing. Plant height at maturity is 110cm.

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