Nitrogen (N) fertility and irrigation costs are the greatest input expenses required for rice production in Mississippi, therefore N management and irrigation should be conducted in efficiently. Field experiments were conducted at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, MS, and the LSU AgCenter in Crowley, LA, to evaluate water and nitrogen management practices. Nitrogen use efficiency and yield were not different for alternate wetting and drying (AWD) systems compared to a traditional continuous flood. Additionally, experiments were conducted to test for differences comparing two experimental designs, randomized complete block (RCB) and split-plot (SP), for N-rate response trials in Mississippi. Rice grain yield response to N-rate was similar for RCB and SP designs, therefore either experimental design would be appropriate for N-response experiments in rice. Increasing efficiency of water and N management practices further improves environmental and economic benefits from rice production in Mississippi.
|Advisor:||Krutz, Larry J.|
|Commitee:||Bond, Jason A., Gore, Jeffrey, Reddy, K. Raja, Walker, Timothy W.|
|School:||Mississippi State University|
|Department:||Plant and Soil Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Mississippi|
|Source:||MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Agronomy, Plant sciences|
|Keywords:||Alternate wetting and drying, Irrigation, Rice|
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