African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6801

Full Length Research Paper

Response of rice (Oryza sativa L.) to foliar fertilizer

Alice Afrakomah Amoah
  • Alice Afrakomah Amoah
  • Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
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Maxwel Asante
  • Maxwel Asante
  • CSIR- Crop Research Institute, Fumesua, Kumasi, Ghana.
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Ali Daniel Boadu
  • Ali Daniel Boadu
  • Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
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Jessica Akowuah
  • Jessica Akowuah
  • Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
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Philip Lincoln Blavo
  • Philip Lincoln Blavo
  • Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
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Quansah Ayireibi Danso
  • Quansah Ayireibi Danso
  • Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
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  •  Received: 15 February 2023
  •  Accepted: 26 May 2023
  •  Published: 31 July 2023

Abstract

This experiment was conducted to evaluate the impact of foliar fertilizer on the growth and yield parameters of rice, due to the fact that foliar fertilizer utilization is not a common practice in field crop production in Ghana. Eight treatments comprising two (Recommended fertilizer application rate for farmers) and six others which are the foliar fertilizer (Boost Xtra foliar fertilizer) were used. The analyzed results showed significant differences in some growth and yield parameters measured. On the whole, performance of the foliar fertilizer treatments compared with the recommended soil-applied fertilizer treatments was good. Amongst the foliar fertilizer treatments also, application of 150 ml Boost Xtra/15l H2O output was better than its other foliar fertilizer treatments. The entire results suggest that it is possible to utilize foliar fertilizer in the cultivation of rice and also the application of foliar fertilizer at a rate of 150 ml Boost Xtra /15l H2O either at (basal + panicle initiation) or (basal + panicle initiation + Heading) could be an option for adoption in the cultivation of rice.

Key words: AGRA rice, foliar fertilizer, Boost-Xtra, soil-applied fertilizer.