Adaptability of Wheat Varieties in Strongly Acidic Soils of Sylhet in Search of Low pH Tolerant Wheat Variety
The soils of the entire Sylhet region of Bangladesh are strongly acidic where lands remain fallow during winter season due to scarcity of irrigation water required for rice cultivation. There is a scope of wheat expansion in this region as the water requirement of wheat is less than Boro rice. Field experimens were carried out at South-Surma, Sylhet, in 2012-13 and at FSRD site Jalalpur, Sylhet in 2013-14, in collaboration of WRC and OFRD. BARI examined the response of seven wheat varieties at two levels of lime in split-plot design where lime was applied in main plots and different wheat varieties were grown in sub-plots. The seeds were sown on December 05, 2012 and November 30, 2013 for the growing season of 2012-13 and 2013-14, respectively. The wheat varieties used in this study were Shatabdi, Sufi, Sourav, Bijoy, Prodip, BARI GOM 25 and BARI GOM 26. The index of relative performance of each variety in comparison to mean yield of all varieties under the contrast conditions of liming and non-liming was estimated to determine relative adaptability of wheat variety under experimental soil conditions. The result indicated that most of the yield components viz. spikes/m2, thousand grain weight and grain yield of wheat were significantly improved by liming for both the years and locations. There were variations in lime response among the wheat varieties. The index of relative adaptability (IRA%) for yield of BARI GOM 26 and Bijoy was more than 100% for both the years. The result indicated that these two wheat varieties are relatively tolerant to low pH and could be adapted in acidic soil of Sylhet.