Field experiments on rice-wheat cropping were conducted in well-drained sandy loam soil of semi-arid region, Project Directorate for Cropping Systems Research, Modipuram, Meerut (UP) with the objectives to study the influence of tillage systems and irrigation schedules on soil cracking pattern, water requirement and performance of rice and wheat and rice-wheat sequence.

Ber (Ziziphus mauritiana) is an important indigenous fruit. The farmers of western Rajasthan have adopted various commercial improved varities of ber at large scale. However, the attack of pests and diseases on ber/ber based cropping system is a major problem of ber growers. The low fertility level of the soil also have negative impact on progress of the above cropping system.