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Post  Chopper on 8/29/2010, 1:53 pm

Oh boy! Look at this:
Rice (Wells)
100 Seeds/Packet

100 days. Easy to grown in your garden! You do not need ponds or paddles as shown on TV, the water is just a way of controlling weeds. Grows like any home garden item. This rice is long-grain, open-pollinated and grows about 40 inches tall. Fun!

I found it HERE

That DOES look like fun. Hmmmm. I wonder how much one 4X4 would produce....
Has anyone ever tried it?

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Post  Wyldflower on 8/29/2010, 2:39 pm

That sounds really interesting... but how much rice can you buy at the store, for the price of the seed? I wonder if it's more a curiosity, or a worthy crop? (I doubt it would grow in my area in Colorado, though, so I'm inclined against trying)
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Post  Chopper on 8/29/2010, 5:26 pm

it isn't always about price. For the nerds among us anyway. 100 seeds were $21 which seems pricey to me, except I suppose I would never have to buy seed again. If I could grow all of my own rice and potatoes and some dried beans that takes care of my starches and some protein. Maybe a fish pond and some chickens? Very Happy I do tend to overdo and obsess....

I am not sure if I like the independence or am just too lazy to drive to the supermarket.

It is a 100 day grower so you would have to have 3+ months for it.

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Post  Garden Angel on 8/29/2010, 8:03 pm

Sound interesting, I looked on the internet and found a step by step article on a this site, associatedcontent.com
I admire you having the courage to try something so new and different! hope it does well and please keep us posted. The link you shared had so many really different things to grow but not much info about where or when to grow , I'm thinking they may provide info with seeds ? or you could research on internet. Good Luck!
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Homegrown rice

Post  ander217 on 8/30/2010, 12:10 pm

Our neighbors grow rice (in flooded fields) and I've seen rice when it is first harvested. The only problem I could see with growing your own would be how to hull it. The husks are really tight on those small grains. I think it would be a real job to do it by hand, but it might be fun to do a small bit for the experience.

FYI - the farmers make short levees all through their fields to hold the water. The rice which grows in the water is a higher quality than the rice which grows on the dry levees, and when harvesting their crop with the combine they must keep the two separate or get stiff penalties from the grain buyer. They usually combine all their flooded rice first, and then go back at the end and get the levee rice which brings a lower price.

One final caution - Wells is a standard variety of rice used by farmers, but if you get rice for planting from other sources make certain you are not getting seeds of weedy Red Rice which is listed as a noxious weed or plant pest in most rice-growing states. Infestations have lead to quarantines. It is a rice species which is invasive and its presence in harvested grain will also lower the price paid to farmers as well as cut down on their production from competition for growth.
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Post  Chopper on 8/30/2010, 1:19 pm

You are really quite the font of information ander. I spent quite some time researching rice last night and did not come up with half of that.

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Post  ander217 on 8/30/2010, 4:05 pm

You'd be more likely to find that info on sites discussing commercial rice production. This one discusses red rice in the "weeds" section: (I live in Stoddard County which is mentioned in the article.)

http://www.ipmcenters.org/cropprofiles/docs/morice.pdf

We never grew rice so I'm certainly no expert, but lots of our friends and neighbors grow it, although many of them have switched to corn the past few years, thank goodness. I pick up bits of info from them, hearing them complain about truckloads being docked at the grain elevator for too much red rice or weed seed from the levees.

One unfortunate side effect of living near flooded rice fields is an abundance of mosquitoes. (On the positive side, we have access to all the free rice hulls we want for our garden.)

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Post  ander217 on 8/30/2010, 4:25 pm

I forget to add that I think the price they are charging is outrageous. I found a dealer on the internet who sells 10 lbs. of rice seed for $13 for wildlife plots but he is sold out this late in the season.

Since you live in California here is another article you might want to read before purchasing rice seed from an unknown area. Apparently the Mid-South has put a quarantine on importing rice seed from California due to a fungus disease. I'm not sure if it's still in effect.

http://deltafarmpress.com/rice/medium-grain-0305/
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Rice from Baker Creek

Post  ander217 on 1/4/2011, 9:15 pm

Chopper, I just noticed that Baker Creek is offering Blue Bonnet rice (an upland variety that does not have to be flooded) for $2.75 for a packet of 100 seeds.

They also offer Carolina Gold rice for $2.50, but it is a paddy-type rice that should be flooded.

They also offer a variety of quinoa.

Didn't know if you are still interested, but saw it and thought of you.
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Post  Chopper on 1/4/2011, 9:22 pm

Very cool! I will definitely check it out. I am sure that for the most part grains in a home garden are a foolish prospect, but I am still curious to see what can be done.

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amaranth

Post  ander217 on 1/4/2011, 9:28 pm

Megan grew one mega-tall amaranth plant last summer. I'm not sure what she did with it, but it definitely can be done.
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