This begins a new experience for me of blogging and growing rice.
It was great to be out in the field this morning smelling the freshly tilled soil and listening to the tractor circle the small plots. Today's field activity will be the only one resembling what I grew up doing on my family's corn and soybean farm. I'm anxious to put seed in the ground but we still have a couple weeks of field preparation to do.
Our team will do traditional manual transplanting so we can gain experience in the traditional establishment method. We plan to establish our reduced-area wet bed nursery on the Thursday before break and then do our transplanting on the 2nd week of January when all our team is back and available to stick seedlings in the ground.