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Seed And Sowing
Barley can be grown successfully on those soils, which are suitable for wheat cultivation. However, it thrives well on well-drained fertile deep loam soils. Severe lodging occurs when grown on extremely fertile soils. It is grown widely on a variety of soils ranging in their texture from sandy to heavy loams in the Indo-Gangetic plains and on terraced slopes in the hills. Its cultivation also extends, although to a limited extent, to medium black soils of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Karnataka. It is more tolerant to alkali and saline conditions than other rabi cereals and is grown extensively under such conditions in Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Recent experiment indicates that this crop can be grown successfully on coastal saline soils of Sunderbans in West Bengal and on saline-alkali black soils in the canal-irrigated areas of northern Karnataka.