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Tillage and Crop Establishment Technologies for Improved Labor Productivity and Energy Efficiency, and Reduced Costs in Rice Production

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2010 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 20 - June 23, 2010  1009319.(doi:10.13031/2013.29852)
Authors:   Manuel Jose C Regalado, Rolando T Cruz
Keywords:   Drum-seeding, energy efficiency, labor productivity, reduced tillage, rice, transplanting.

Alternative tillage and crop establishment technologies were developed to provide options for Philippine rice farmers to improve productivity and efficiency, and reduce costs. Field experiments were conducted for six cropping seasons to test a reduced tillage (RT) system using an improved floating tiller and riding-type, 2-wheel tractor leveler versus conventional tillage (CT) which consisted of 4-wheel tractor rotary cultivation, and a series of pedestrian two-wheel tractor wet harrowing and leveling. For crop establishment of PSB Rc82 rice cultivar, a 4-row mechanical transplanter and a 12-row drum-seeder were comparatively tested with manual transplanting and broadcast seeding.

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