With Rice Harvest nearing a farmer can gauge whether or not the crop is ready to be cut by taking a hand sample. Rice needs to be collected, stripped from the plant and taken into a sample room where a machine reads the moisture of the rice. Optimal harvest moisture is 19-20%. If we’re close to that or a couple points off…we’ll start cutting rice!
Also! A very special guest joins me while collecting the hand sample–Vicky Boyd, the editor of Rice Farming Magazine! She’s doing an article on me and Rice Farming TV! So AWESOME!
I’m so excited today, I could hardly sleep. But let me ask you a question. When’s the last time you saw the sunrise?
Today’s excitement is a result of two very cool things:
One: we’re going to be taking a hand sample of this field that just may be ready to harvest.
And two: that’s Vicky Boyd, the editor of Rice Farming Magazine. She’s doing an article on me and Rice Farming TV. How awesome is that!
Now in order to take a hand sample we need to first allow the morning dew on the rice to dry. We are taking a moisture reading so therefore we don’t want any outside influences.
The next we need a very special piece of equipment…a near antique coffee can to collect the rice.
Now we want to take a fair sample, meaning we want to collect both rice that’s on top and a bit drier as well as rice down at the lower spikelets that are greener. As I kind of touched on in Episode 2, Milking the Rice!
You want to cleanly strip the rice because any stems or leaves can clog the moisture reading machine.
Alright, that should be enough for a good sample! Now, I’m going to show Vicky around the ranch and then we’ll head into Red Top Rice Drier’s Sample Room.
Alright, let’s head into Red Top!
Okay now, here we are at Red Top. Now, remember we’re looking for optimal harvest moisture, between 19-20%. So let’s go inside and see what the sample reads.
Hey, how’s it going?
Good. How are you?
Good to see you.
Good to see you too. This is Vicky Boyd with Rice Farming Magazine.
Nice to meet you.
Glad to meet you.
Got a hand sample for you if you don’t mind!
What do we got Clyde? Give me the good news!
24.3 guys, the moisture is still a little bit high. That’s okay. We’ll probably be cutting in about three to four days.
Vicky, thanks a lot for hanging out with me!