We aimed to evaluate the extractability of two reagents viz.0.15% CaCl2 & 0.01M Ca (H2PO4) for sulphur along with the sulphur availability index of mixed red and black soils. For this 86 soil samples were collected from mixed red and black soil regions and extracted with these solutions. Results showed that both these solutions ex-
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Adsorbed sulphur, Ca chloride, Ca phosphate, Extractable sulphur, Regression equation, Sulphur Availability index
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