PAPER TITLE :EFFECTS OF AGE AT TRANSPLANTING ON GROWTH, TILLERING AND YIELD OF SWAMPY RICE IN SOUTHERN GUINEA SAVANNAH ZONE OF NIGERIA

JOURNAL Of SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY | VOLUME 9 NUMBER 2 2018

Paper Details

  • Author(s) : OGUNDARE, S.K.1*; AFE, A.I.2 and ATANDA, S.3
  • Abstract:

This experiment was carried out in 2012 and 2013 cropping seasons at the
experimental field, Kabba College of Agriculture, Horticultural Section (Latitude 70 53 N, Longitude
60 8 E) in the Southern Guinea Savannah ecology to investigate the effects of age at transplanting
on growth and tillering pattern of swampy rice [NERICA 1]. The treatments consist of six different
ages at transplanting (6, 10, 14, 18, 22, and 26 days). The treatments were arranged in a Randomised
Complete Block Design and replicated three times. Data were taken on agronomic traits such as
plant height, leaf area, stem girth and number of tillers per plant. Yield parameters taken were
number of grains per panicle, weight of grains per plant and panicle length. Data collected were
subjected to analysis of variance (ANOVA) and means were separated using Duncan Multiple
Range Test at 5% level of probability. The result obtained from study indicated that delayed seedlings
at the nursery (22 and 26 days) were better in terms of growth parameters except in the number of
tiller produced per plant. Early transplanting of seedlings at 6 and10 days was superior in grain
yield. However, in all the ages considered seedlings transplanted at 10 days recorded the highest
number of tillers and grain yield. It is therefore recommended that rice seedlings [NERICA 1]
should be transplanted at 10 days in the study area.
Keywords: Rice, seedling, tillering, transplanting age, nerica-1, grain yield