On-farm evaluation of rainfed lowland rice varieties at Olokose village, Odeda, Ogun State, Nigeria
Department of Plant Physiology and Crop Production, University of Agriculture, P.M.B. 2240, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria
A participatory variety selection trial was conducted in 2005 and 2006 in Olokose village to evaluate top crosses of Oryza sativa x Oryza sativa varieties developed for lowland agro-ecology under farmers' conditions and select desirable varieties for the ecology using the farmers participatory approach. The trial was conducted with thirteen lowland rice varieties planted in a randomized complete block design replicated in time. In the trial it was found that WITA 4 and WAS-161-B-6-B-B-1-B lowland rice varieties performed best with a grain yield of 7553 and 5000 kg ha-1, respectively. The heavy tillering and non-lodging characteristics of the varieties were prefened traits apart from their high yields. WITA 4 and WAS-161-B-6-B-B-1-B which recorded higher yields of 98.03 and 31.09% over Etunbe, the local variety that yielded 3814 kg ha-1, were preferred by most of the farmers. © 2008 Asian Network for Scientific Information.