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Dry Direct Seeding Limitations

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1. Good land preparation, levelling and water management are needed for uniform crop establishment. Weeds are a major problem and their control is critical to get high yield.

2. Problems of rats, birds, mole crickets, ants and Nematodes can also be a problem especially in non-flooded fields.

3. Heavy rainfall at the time of crop establishment can result in crop establishment failure (especially in heavier clay soils) and if water sits over seed still germinating below the soil.

4. Longer occupation of main field by about 15 days, compared to transplanted rice. In light soils, there is high water use due to percolation losses.

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