Milking the Rice!

Milking the Rice!


Now that it’s about the third week in August the rice has been well into the reproductive phase. So you know what that means…. …we got to get our hip-boots on and check
how well the rice heads are filling. Let’s go! So what we’re going to do: take a rice plant. And we’re going to inspect these rice seeds. These kernels. And eventually I’m going to find some milk. These are filling quite nicely. And as we get up the spikelet we should get
to see a little bit harder, mealier rice starting to form there. We’re going to go down deep and look for
the little spikelets because these are the youngest spikelets, as opposed to what’s
up on top. You can see the difference–a little bit more
yellow. These are green. These are what’s going to determine whether
or not we are happy with how they are filling. So the heading process is going quite well. The reason why we’re checking how far along
the heads are is because eventually we’re going to want to drain this field so we can
harvest it. We’re looking at two concerns–not wanting
to harvest in the mud, therefore getting the water off quickly. But, not getting the water off too quickly
and therefore stunting the filling process of the heads and therefore stunting how much
rice is actually going to be produced by the plant. Once we take the water off the plant will
slowly start to die, slowly stop filling the heads and maturing. Once we feel confident that the heads are
to their full potential we’ll start draining the water. This, by the way, is about a 60 acre field
and through experience should take about 25 days to dry up and be ready to harvest. Isn’t it beautiful? You plant one of these seeds in the spring. You work hard all spring-summer and it creates
a plant and gives you all these seeds back. All those seeds. This plant knows it’s dieing soon and therefore
wants to send its seed into the future. And that’s what we’re going to harvest. It’s green rice.

8 thoughts on “Milking the Rice!

  1. Just learned about your channel today from blancolirio channel. It's cool to see Calrose growing in the field and to learn about how it's farmed! Korean friends of mine told me about Calrose about ten years ago and now it's pretty much the only rice I will eat! Maybe I've eaten rice from your farm?! Thanks for the great videos…working my way through now.

  2. The field looks so beautiful . It is very pleasant to look at . It would be a well harvest for this field .
    Well done rice farming !!

  3. I know that this is an old video, but I have a question. What does the rice flower look like? What color is it? I know that every rice seed has to come from a flower, but I don't know if I have ever seen the flower? Thanks

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