Let the rice production begin! The rice fields are completely prepared after the tractors have worked the ground and applied fertilizer. Water flowed into the fields and across the ground. Now it’s time to call in the crop-dusters and have them fly on the rice seed.
The germination begins within trailers after the rice farmer puts in the order. The water in these trailers not only help the germination of the rice seed but also add water weight so that when the seeds hit the water they will sink straight to the bottom.
So all this hard work that we’ve been doing to prepare the ground is paying off. We’re about to fly the rice seed on this field. Right about..now.
You know what we have in common with this little guy? The desire to survive. It will do everything in its power and energy to not only survive but to spread its seed into the future and it’s those seeds that we’ll be harvesting come this fall. Happy growing buddy.
So before we have the crop duster fly on this rice seed, we soak it for two days. That allows the germination process to start, also as the rice seed absorbs water it creates a little bit more weight so that when it leaves the crop duster, and hits that water it sinks straight down to the bottom of the rice field, exactly where we want it.
Now our personal strategy is keeping these rice fields shallow the deeper the water coupled with excessive winds can cause drift. Causing those rice seeds to float to one side of the field and therefore greatly decrease yield potential. We don’t want that.
Now this is very important, we’re flying on 165 pounds of rice per acre. Now just follow me here ok? Our unit of measurement when we harvest for our yield is by “hundred weights” or 100 pound sacks of rice. Our average yield is 100 “hundred-weights” per acre. 100 sacks of 100 pounds of rice is 10,000 pounds of rice. Let’s back up. We’re flying on 165 pounds per acre in the spring and harvesting 10,000 pounds per acre in the fall. Now that yield potential is based on three primary things: hard work, good science, and ideal growing conditions here in California.
We are achieving these yields because this is a conventional method of growing rice and I know “sustainability” is an organic buzz word, however when you’re turning 165 pounds of rice into 10,000 pounds per acre and you have a growing population especially in poor developing countries– that sounds pretty sustainable to me. How does that make you feel?
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