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  1. Vol. 93 No. 6, p. 1362-1370
     
    Published: Nov, 2001


    * Corresponding author(s): t.george@cgiar.org
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doi:10.2134/agronj2001.1362

Upland Rice Response to Phosphorus Fertilization in Asia

  1. Thomas George *a,
  2. Roger Magbanuab,
  3. Walter Roderc,
  4. Koen Van Keerd,
  5. Guy Trébuile and
  6. Veronica Reomab
  1. a Univ. of Hawaii, 1955 East West Rd., Agric. Sci. 205, Honolulu, HI 96822 and Int. Rice Res. Inst. (IRRI), DAPO Box 7777, Metro Manila, Philippines
    b IRRI, DAPO Box 7777, Metro Manila, Philippines
    c Renewable Nat. Resources Res. Cent., Bumthang, P.O. Jakar, Bhutan
    d Lab. of Soil Fertil. and Soil Biol., KU Leuven, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
    e Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (Cirad-ca), Montpellier, France

Abstract

Upland rice (Oryza sativa L.) yields on infertile, acid soils in the Asian uplands average only 1 Mg ha−1 Phosphorus deficiency is considered a major soil constraint to increased yield, but little quantitative information is available. We analyzed P responses of traditional rice on farm in Laos, Thailand, and the Philippines and improved varieties in researcher-managed trials in the Philippines. Treatments in on-farm trials were a control and 50 kg P ha−1 ± 100 and 50 kg ha−1 N and K, respectively. Treatments in researcher-managed trials were P rates on an unlimed and limed Ultisol. Mehlich-1 extractable P correlated with on-farm grain yield (r = 0.47). Phosphorus fertilization increased average grain yield (1 Mg ha−1) by 20%, total biomass (4 Mg ha−1) by 27%, and P uptake (4.1 kg ha−1) by 53%. Yield increased 37% with P + N + K, but only 16% of the 2.4 Mg ha−1 biomass increase was grain. Improved rice in researcher-managed trials responded to P, with a larger proportion of biomass partitioned to grain [i.e., higher harvest index (HI)]. Grain yield of ‘UPLRi-5’ increased from 3.2 to 4.6 Mg ha−1 in limed soil while that of ‘IR55423-01’ increased from 3.4 to 4.0 Mg ha−1 in unlimed soil. Phosphorus fertilization always increased the frequency of higher yields averaged across trials, soils, varieties, and growing conditions. Yield gain from on-farm P fertilization of traditional rice was small because of low HI, unlike in improved varieties, which had a HI. We infer that increasing upland rice yield in Asia would require genotypes with higher HI in addition to P fertilization.

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Copyright © 2001. American Society of AgronomyPublished in Agron. J.93:1362–1370.