Achim Dobermann's blog

Achim Dobermann's blog

Dr. Achim Dobermann is IRRI's former deputy director general for research. Achim talks about about his challenge to personally grow rice following recommended best practices, test these out, and try and see things better from the farmers' side. He and his sidekick, Leigh Vial, are now on their second season of IRRI's first reality show, the IRRI Agronomy Challenge.

Sep25

Is getting out of farming the best bet for smallholder farmers?

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Is getting out of farming the best bet for smallholder farmers? There is a school of thought in which sensible farming principles, when encouraged among smallholder farmers and thus implemented millions of times over in little farms around the world, will translate into increased production and a more optimal use of l

Mar12

IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2: Rats revisited and the plasticity (flexibility) of rice

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IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2: Rats revisited and the plasticity (flexibility) of rice

We're glad rice is a "flexible" plant that can generate grain yield in a number of ways, but at this stage the yield potential of our crop is set.

Feb18

IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2: Healthy predators, happy rice, and clever snails

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IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2: Healthy predators, happy rice, and clever snails At 58 days after transplanting, the crop is around panicle initiation and now resembles a picture.

Dec21

IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2: Got it planted

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IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2: Got it planted This morning (20 December 2012), we planted our rice crop. We had asked our breeders for suggestions on what varieties to grow this time.

Apr30

IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2: What’s the yield?

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IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2: What’s the yield? We’ve harvested a great crop this year because we did almost everything right and the weather was good.

Feb26

Another new rice yield record? Let’s move beyond it

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Nine years ago, I published one of the first papers that tried to provide a critical analysis of the biological principles underlying the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and its potential to improve rice production.

Feb04

IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2: Crop assessment

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IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2: Crop assessment Forty days have already passed and it is time for us to do our first crop assessment.

Dec20

Transformative technologies

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Transformative technologies

Every once in a while, a technology enters our life in a way that we could not quite have imagined.

Jun28

IRRI agronomy challenge: milling the paddy

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IRRI agronomy challenge: milling the paddy

Off we go to the rice mill to give the paddy a ride! But what a ride it was for us, too, as we realized that the decisions that have to be made after harvest are not that simple.

Mar25

IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2: The end is near

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IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2: The end is near

As I’m sitting here writing this blog, a heavy rain is pouring down.

Feb26

IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2: An unexpected crime

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IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2: An unexpected crime Last week, Leigh wrote about serenity in the field. So, when I came out this morning, I expected to see a lush rice crop happily growing toward a bumper harvest.

Jan03

IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2: Fertilizer basics

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IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2: Fertilizer basics Time for the first dose of fertilizer - working out how much to apply and when using Nutrient Manager for Rice.

Dec06

IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2: Getting started again – what we’ll do differently

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IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2: Getting started again – what we’ll do differently Armed with "lessons" from our last attempt, we're having a go at the Agronomy Challenge -again.

May05

IRRI agronomy challenge: combine harvest—what a mess to deal with

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IRRI agronomy challenge: combine harvest—what a mess to deal with

We have managed to quickly harvest our crop today before total disaster could strike.

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