Optimal nitrogen fertilization timing and rate in dry-seeded rice in northwest India

Mahajan, G., Chauhan, B. S. and Gill, M. S. (2011) Optimal nitrogen fertilization timing and rate in dry-seeded rice in northwest India. Agronomy Journal, 103 6: 1676-1682. doi:10.2134/agronj2011.0184

Author Mahajan, G.
Chauhan, B. S.
Gill, M. S.
Title Optimal nitrogen fertilization timing and rate in dry-seeded rice in northwest India
Journal name Agronomy Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0002-1962
Publication date 2011-01-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2134/agronj2011.0184
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 103
Issue 6
Start page 1676
End page 1682
Total pages 7
Place of publication Madison, WI United States
Publisher American Society of Agronomy, Inc.
Language eng
Subject 1102 Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
Abstract Dry-seeded aerobic rice (Oryza sativa L.) (DSR) is an emerging production system in the northwest Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP) due to increasing constraints of labor and water availability. Very limited research has been done in this region on optimizing nutrient management to produce high yield in DSR. In this study, we investigated yield and dry matter of rice, and N translocation in response to timing and rate of N application. Nitrogen was applied in three splits (as per regional recommendation of transplanted rice) and four splits with or without N application at sowing time (basal dose) at rates of 120, 150, and 180 kg ha -1. Th e crop did not respond to increasing N levels from 120 to 180 kg ha -1 when applied in three splits. However, increasing N application to 150 kg ha -1 when applied in four splits with no N at sowing time resulted in 7.55 and 7.76 Mg ha -1 yields in 2009 and 2010, respectively; highest among all the treatments. Application of 150 kg N ha -1 in four splits with no-N at sowing resulted in 9 to 12, 19 to 24, and 5% increase in panicle number m -2, fi lled grains panicle -1, and 1000-grain weight, respectively, over the application of 120 kg N ha -1 in three split doses. Th e relative contribution of mean preanthesis assimilates to grain increased from 23% at 120 kg N ha -1 applied in three splits to 40% at 150 kg N ha -1 applied in four splits with no N at sowing, indicating that fertilizer application schedules for transplanted rice are not suitable for DSR. This study revealed that application of N at anthesis may further boost the productivity of DSR. From these results, it could also be inferred that, for DSR, application of N at sowing time can be skipped because it may not be immediately used by the emerging seedlings.
Keyword Agronomy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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