Mineral and Labile Organic Nitrogen Fractions in Soil Profile and Their Response to FYM and Inorganic Fertilization in Different Growth Stages of Rice Crop

Babita Tamuli *

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Assam Agricultural University, Cachar-788025, Assam, India.

Devajit Bhattacharrya

Department of Soil Science, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat-785013, Assam, India.

K. N. Das

Department of Soil Science, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat-785013, Assam, India.

Tapan Jyoti Ghose

Regional Agricultural Research Station, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat-785630 Assam, India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Nitrogen is the key element among the major nutrients in crop production. The mineralizable soil organic nitrogen is the main contributors of soil N supply. A better understanding of soil organic nitrogen dynamics in agro-ecosystems is needed to improve N management. The present investigation was conducted in Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS), Assam Agricultural University, Titabar, Jorhat during 2017-18. In this study, the impact of Farmyard Manure (FYM) and inorganic fertilization on soil mineral nitrogen (NO3−-N and NH4+-N) dynamics and labile organic nitrogen fractions viz. microbial biomass N (MBN), particulate organic N (PON) and water-extractable organic N (WEON) at three growth stages of rice viz. active tillering, flowering and physiological maturity stages and nitrogen stock were assessed. Six treatments viz. control (no fertilization), 100% NPK, 100% NPK + FYM 5 t ha-1, 50% NPK, 50% NPK + 50% N through FYM and FYM 10 t ha-1 were tested in randomized block design with four replications. The results showed that NO3−-N and NH4+-N were found to be significantly higher in 100% NPK+FYM 5 t ha-1 at the three growth stages of rice. The labile organic nitrogen fractions were significantly higher in FYM 10 t ha-1. All these variables were decreased with increase in crop growth stages. Integrated use of inorganic fertilizer and FYM recorded the highest nitrogen stock. Stepwise regression analysis indicated that NH4+-N was the main contributor to nitrogen stocks at the three growth stages of rice of the studied soils.

Keywords: Mineral nitrogen, labile organic nitrogen fractions, N stock, rice growth stages, inorganic fertilizer, crop growth, microbial biomass

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Tamuli , B., Bhattacharrya , D., Das , K. N., & Ghose , T. J. (2024). Mineral and Labile Organic Nitrogen Fractions in Soil Profile and Their Response to FYM and Inorganic Fertilization in Different Growth Stages of Rice Crop. International Journal of Plant & Soil Science, 36(5), 66–72. https://doi.org/10.9734/ijpss/2024/v36i54502


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