Effect of hydrogel on the performance of aerobic rice sown under different techniques
A. Rehman, R. Ahmad, M. Safdarhttps://doi.org/10.17221/81/2011-PSECitation:Rehman A., Ahmad R., Safdar M. (2011): Effect of hydrogel on the performance of aerobic rice sown under different techniques. Plant Soil Environ., 57: 321-325.
Declining water is a great concern in production of rice, because rice is more sensitive to water deficiency which restricts normal rice growth resulting in enormous economic loss. A field experiment was conducted to study the effect of hydrogel in different sowing techniques of aerobic rice viz. flat, ridge, and bed sowing. Observations on soil moisture percentage before every irrigation, yield, and yield components of rice were recorded. Application of hydrogel improved soil moisture contents in all the three sowing techniques as compared to soil without hydrogel. More soil moisture contents met the crop water needs and increased the number of germinated seeds. As a consequence of more emergence and better stand establishment, the yield components were also improved increasing the yield of rice in hydrogel amended soil in all sowing techniques. However, sowing of rice on beds with hydrogel amendment was found the most effective; it not only improved the performance of aerobic rice but also enhanced growth and yield of aerobic rice more than other sowing techniques.Keywords:
soil moisture; seed emergence; yield; yield components, water absorbent