Nutrient Manager for Rice being tested in LSTD sites
Written by The Web Team Wednesday, 2 November 2011
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Knowing the right fertilizer
application is now easier with the development of Nutrient Manager for
Rice (NMRice), a decision tool currently being used by farmers in the
location-specific technology development (LSTD) project sites of the
Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice).
The performance of
NMRice is being evaluated relative to the Leaf Color Chart, which is
used to assess nitrogen status of rice plant and with the Minus-One
Element Technique, which is used to diagnose soil nutrient status.
either the internet or mobile phone, farmers and extension workers
could learn the best fertilizer application that matches the needs of
the rice crop in a specific field.
A project led by International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in
partnership with PhilRice and University of the Philippines-Los Baños,
NMRice could be accessed by clicking www.irri.org/nmrice or
http://webapps.irri.org/nm/ph or by calling, free of charge, 2378 for
Globe subscribers. Upgraded access to NMRiceMobile is coming soon for
Ruben B. Miranda, PhilRice Deputy Executive
Director for Development, said the NMRice software calculates the
nutrient requirements based on farmers’ answers to the multiple choice
questions on the status of their rice fields. Miranda stressed that
recommendations are only suited in a cropping season.
Eufrocino V. Laureles, IRRI assistant scientist said the NMRice could
help farmers achieve their target yield as information on the best time,
amount, type of fertilizer needed are also computed with their expected
yield. However, he said that the highest expected yield is limited to 9
The computer-based decision tool is a product of years of
consolidated research on site-specific nutrient management among
scientists from IRRI, PhilRice, and University of the Philippines-Los
Banos. Information is available in Bicolano, Cebuano, Hiligaynon,
Ilocano, Tagalog, and English.
Meanwhile, NMRice mobile, was
developed with DA-Agricultural Training Institute, University of
Southeastern Philippines, and West Visayas State University.