Increased Potato Yield from Silicon Additives

By: Universidade Federal de Uberlandia, Amazonas 4C 127 Uberlandia

Location

Brazil

Date

Trial work presented at the III Silicon in Agriculture Conference, Brazil, 2005

Silicate materials

The material used was a Potassium Silicate (K2SiO3) liquid. Dose rates varied from 0.2 to 1% into 600 litres per hectare. The crop was sprayed 14 times before harvest.

Crops

The crop was potato, the variety was cv. Atlantic

Outcomes
  • As the dose rate increased there was “an improvement in leaf architecture in all parts of the plant canopy”
  • The yield of extra and commercial potatoes “increased to up to 22%” above that of the control plots

 

 

References

 Luz, JMQ. Rodrigues, CR, Goncalves, MV and Coelho L. Universidade Federal de Uberlandia, Amazonas 4C 127 Uberlandia.

“The Effect of Silicate on Potatoes in Minas Gerais, Brazil” – A paper presented at the IV Silicon in Agriculture Conference, Brazil, 2008

http://www.siliconconference.org.za