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Direct Seeded Rice

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Rice can be directly seeded either through dry or wet (pregerminated) seeding.

Dry seeding of rice can be done by drilling the seed into a fine seedbed at a depth of 2-3 centimeters.

Wet seeding requires leveled fields to be harrowed and then flooded (puddling). The field is left for 12-24 hours after puddling, then germinated seeds (48-72 hours) are sown using a drum seeder.

Seed can be broadcast for either dry or wet seeding, but manual weeding is more difficult. Indeed, weed management is a critical factor in direct seeding.

Timely application of herbicides (timing is dependent on the method of seeding) and one or two hand weedings provide effective control.

File Courtesy: 
Dr Rajeew Kumar, G.B.Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar-Uttrakhand
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