Despite the disruption of typhoon Ompong during the testing of Carrageenan Plant Growth Promoter for wet season in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, it was able to record positive impacts on rice during the Carrageenan Field Day at Ilocos Norte Experimental Center of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Dingras, Ilocos Norte recently.
One of the impacts echoed during the event is the increase in plant height, panicle length, and the number of filled grains, thus eventually increase the grain yield from 5.13 to 5.39 tons per hectare.
There were four treatments during the wet season testing. First treatment is the application of full granular fertilizer, a farmers practice based on soil analysis; second is the application of half recommended rate of granular fertilizer; third is the application of full granular fertilizer with nine liters per hectare of Carrageenan; and finally the application of half recommended rate of granular fertilizer with 9 li/ha of Carrageenan.
Most of the favorable impacts were gathered from the applied cluster of full granular fertilizer plus nine liters per hectare of Carrageenan. It has been recalled that a total of 1,059 hectare was used by 1,735 farmers in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur for the testing of Carrageenan.
Meanwhile, the same group of farmers has already established their farms for testing of Carrageenan this upcoming dry season, where no typhoons are expected to possibly disturb the testing process.
The piloting of Carrageenan Plant Growth Promoter is a joint project of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 1 that aims to enhance farmer's productivity on rice.