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Farmers should start cultivation of Turnip : Agriculture Experts

Turnip is sown from end of July to end of November but, in mountainous areas, it can be sown from March to the mid of June. Although it can be grown on a wide range of soils, but deep, friable, highly fertile loamy soil is best for its cultivation. Turnips thrive well on moderate to slightly acidic sandy loam soil. Sandy loams are preferred for early-market roots and greens. Thorough preparation of soil is important for the development of roots. As the seed of turnip is very small, therefore fine seed-bed is required for its cultivation.In Pakistan, turnips are mostly grown in Multan, Sahiwal, Jhang and Faisalabad areas, as fodder. It can be cultivated successfully in irrigated areas and on river sides. Turnip is basically a cool-climate crop, being resistant to frost and mild freezes. It is grown as a spring or fall crop throughout the world. Temperatures below 10o C cause bolting. Asiatic varieties are heat-tolerant, as compared to European varieties. In dry weather, the field should be irrigated weekly. For uniform germination and rapid growth, the plants must never be short of water, throughout the growing period.

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