Using a drum seeder to sow pre-germinated seed

1. Puddle the land and level thoroughly.

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2. Drain out excess water before sowing, but do not let the soil surface become dry.

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3. Pre-germinate the rice seeds - do not let shoots become too long. Growth for 24 h is usually sufficient.

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4. Air-dry the sprouted seeds in the shade for about 10-15 minutes before sowing to facilitate singling/separation of seeds.

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5. Sow the seeds with drum seeder:

  • Do not fill drums more than about 2/3 full.
  • Walk at steady speed.
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6. Increase the depth of water gradually as the seedlings grow but do not completely submerge seedlings.

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7. Do not irrigate for 2-3 days after sowing to allow roots to anchor.

Take care during the wet season as rainfall immediately after seeding may wash away the newly sown seeds.

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8. Floodwater can rise as the seedlings grow to give better control of weeds.

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