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Tillering and Panicle Initiation: The ABCs of proper nutrition for rice plants

Tillering and Panicle Initiation: The ABCs of proper nutrition for rice plants


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Who would know better about proper nutrition for rice than the rice plant itself? Meet Ryza, the talking rice plant! She'll tell you that proper nutrition is all about applying the right nutrients in the right amount at the right time.

Follow the tales of Ryza and discover that proper nutrition for healthy rice plants is as easy as learning ABC.

This video presents the C of the ABC of proper nutrition -- Check your fertilizer application at tillering and panicle initiation. You will obtain information on how much nutrients to apply to a rice crop at critical growth stages.

For more information on nutrient management for rice, go to

For information on internet and mobile-phone based applications for providing farmers with nutrient management guidelines for their rice fields, go to and also view

For a general overview of proper nutrition for a healthy rice plant in the "Tales of Ryza the Rice Plant" series, go to:

Partial script from video: As young rice plants grow, they will undergo two important growth stages, which will ultimately have an effect on their yield. These two stages are tillering and panicle initiation. During these two stages, nitrogen is needed to support the rapid growth of rice plants.

Critical stages for application of nitrogen are tillering--about 24 to 30 days after transplanting or direct seeding, depending on the growth duration of the rice variety; and panicle initiation--about 60 days before harvest

Produced by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI; )

through the Irrigated Rice Research Consortium (IRRC; )

in partnership with the Philippines Department of Agriculture and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice)

with support from the

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA)

International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI)

International Potash Institute (IPI)

With the assistance and participation of

Ms. Maricar Alberto as the voice of Ryza

Mr. Manuel Marcaida III as the Narrator

Jun Correa


Jessieca Narciso


Joseph Sandro

Video Editor

Isagani Serrano


Holly Torres


Paul Hilario

Harris Tumawis


Tess Rola

Script Editor

Isidro Tolentino


Roland Buresh

Executive Producer

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