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Response of Rice Crop to Organic Manuring in High pH Soil

Author(s): B. Bhakiyathu Saliha | S. Krishnakumar | S.K. Natarajan

Journal: Asian Journal of Plant Sciences
ISSN 1682-3974

Volume: 4;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 524;
Date: 2005;
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Keywords: Rice | pH | soil | organic manuring

Field experiments were conducted during August-December 2002 (Kharif) and January-April (Summer season) 2003 to study the effect of incorporation of biocompost on lowland rice with four treatments viz., M1-Control, M2-FYM at the rate of 12.5 t ha - 1, M3-GLM at the rate of 6.25 t ha- 1 and M4-Biocompost at the rate of 3 t ha- 1. Rice varieties Co 43 and IR 50 were used as test crops. Among the different organic manures used, application of biocompost at the rate of 3 t ha- 1 registered higher yields and favourably improved the soil chemical and biological properties than the other treatments. Thus, the conversion of by-products like pressmud and distillery spentwash into a value added eco-friendly organic manure can be considered as a commercially viable, environmentally acceptable and practically enforceable option for improving the crop productivity and soil fertility status of the soil.
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