Now that all the tractor work has been completed and all our rice fields have finally been planted; I want to show you the amazing little rice plant’s growth stages in this episode of Rice Farming TV. The variety of rice we planted this year was all Calrose Medium Grain. The first field was planted on the 6th of May and the last field was planted on the 26th of the same month. Now, I’ve been across the entire county
picking seeds and plants from several of our fields to give you, as I mentioned, a good
look at the rice plants growth stages. We’ve had pretty optimal growing conditions throughout May with temperatures in the high 80s so we’re going to see some dramatic
growth in the rice plants first 20 days after seeding. Let’s head home, into my office so we can
lay these plants out and get better looks at them… …and here we are. Oh yeah, much better light. Okay, this is going to be awesome guys just give me second to get all set up. Boom! Here we are and at one day, not much action. At two days we can already see some development as the coleoptile emerges. This protective sheath will eventually protect the, soon to
be, young shoot tip, or first leaf. Already now at 4 days we can see a more apparent coleoptile and a primary (or first seeding) leaf emerging from it. It’s root is now
about an ⅛” long. At one week the second leaf has emerged from the sheath and is about a ½” long while the root is nearly an inch long. At 10 days the second leaf has grown to an inch long and unfurrowed. A root system is forming with the seminal root stretching 1.5 inch long. At 13 days the third leaf has emerged and
grown an inch and a quarter long, while several roots are two inches long. At 19 days the second and third leaf have
grown dramatically. The plant is nearly six inches tall with a root system four inches
long. At 21 days the the plant has tillered. Its
first, second, third and fourth leaf have fully unfurrowed. The plant is now 7 inches tall with a root system of 4.5 inches. Now it’s important to note that these rice
plants growth and their development (mainly in the leaves and roots) may not look the
same depending on the farmer, region and variety of seed. The most quantifiable difference in farming practices comes from a farmer’s nutrient
program or how much fertilizer they add. Drfc Which leads me to the most frequently asked question from last week’s, rhyming episode, titled: How We Plant Rice: Learning How to Farm is Nice. Tommy, Tim, and Glen all pretty much asked, “Matt, you applied fertilizer twice. What was the composition of fertilizer in both
instances? Well guys the first application, if you remember, was with the aqua bar and the fertilizer was injected 3” deep into the soil. That was
100% nitrogen applied at a rate of 135 lbs. Per acre. Next was the fertilizer blend applied on the surface of the soil with the roller at a per acre rate of 32 lbs. of nitrogen, 40 lbs.
of phosphorous and 32 lbs. of potassium. Now, another determining factor of the rice plants leaf and root growth is from the farmer’s irrigation practices. You see, the deeper the water the more energy the plant will put towards growing its leaf. It wants to get out of the water to start
photosynthesis. Remember back to my How Organic Rice is Grown in California Episode? Organic farmers will put around 10” of water on their field, after seeding, to drown out the aquatic weed pressure. A side-effect is stringing out the rice plant
as it tries to get out of the water. So when we… have 2” or water on a rice
field during the first weeks of the plant’s life we only have a plant that is about 4”
tall…but with a strong root system. An organic farmer or conventional farmer with poor water control can have the same age plant at 12” tall, with just a little root system.
And that has its own set of problems. But that’s a topic for the comment section
down below and a future episode of Rice Farming TV. For now at least we have a good idea of the early growth stages of our beautiful little rice plants. I hope you enjoyed this episode. It sure was fun for me to lay out all these plants and get a unique perspective of our fields. Give me a thumbs up if you had fun as well. Thanks for watching and peace out!

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60 thoughts on “Our Rice Plants Growth Stages are Amazing!”

  1. That was a quick episode Matthew. But very interesting to observe how rapidly a rice plant grows from seed on upward. Could there be future versions of the Growth Rate of a 2018 Rice Plant? (As your time permits) -Bob

  2. Matthew, thank you for the detailed answer! 1st year of trying to grow rice in small, portable containers… we'll see how it turns out.

  3. I watch your videos and learn. I eat rice and remember big red grows it. Thanks. Growing hot peppers and tomatoes. From one farmer to another

  4. Do you propagate your own seed from year to year or do you buy seed from another source for each year's planting? Perhaps there is a video in the answer?

  5. Great 'white board' presentation-this should be a part of every grade school science class. Forward this to some teachers…So it sounds like organic farmers require 5x the amount of water to suppress weeds? Wow!

  6. Can't you PEP up this piece with an into by Astrud Gilberto ??? maybe "Sooo Nice" or Agua de beber ?? Maybe in the hot poetic sun you can rhyme "Arroz de mi Vida" ??

  7. Ohhhhh man.

    You drive a Chevy?

    Ohhhhhhh bud. Just when I started to respect you! lol. Jk. Enjoy your limp wrist ride! Hahaa

  8. Every year I enjoy rice planting season seeing the farmers get there field's ready. This year I missed it. (I travel the I-5 corridor 2x week) Thx for showing it. As always I enjoy for educational video's

  9. Thanks Matt. You always do a good j0ob of explaining and educating us on how to grow rice. This video was no exception interesting to see the different stages of growth in the rice plant. Looking forward to next week's video. Have a great week. God Bless!!!

  10. Thanks Matt. A very interesting video showing the rice plant development. I hope everything goes well for you and your crop between now and harvest time in the fall. The images of the green fields and the blue sky were great. My best to you and your family. Until next time. Cheers my friend :- )

  11. Hi Matthew! Your videos are really interesting! I'm a rice farmer from Greece. Sacramento has a Mediterranean climate like ours. The plants have the same progress like these here. I would like to ask about weed controlling. Thanks !

  12. Another great video. In the opening shots from the drone it looked like a rice field that was not worked this year. Would you leave a rice field follow?

  13. Love the content and composition of the videos. How does the seeding of a field with approximately 165 lbs per acre compare in harvest yield to seeding more than that amount? In an earlier episode you stated that another farmer achieved approximately 12k lb yield per ache. What did he do differently to achieve the higher yield?

  14. Hi Matthew thank you for another well done video. On episode 62 it looked like you were on the market for a Lexion combine. Did you get one?

  15. Very interesting to see how the plants are doing in their first few weeks. I will definitely be interested in seeing how the plants are growing along the entire life span. I guess that's the botanist in me. 😀 Your videos are very informative but still fun. Thanks for the great videos.

  16. Hi man. I don't know if you remember me. I'm that Agronomy student from colombia that time ago commented your shoveling video. I admire you for making farming something cool with your great videos. I'd like here in colombia farmers were that cool and modern. Best regards. Rafael

  17. How interesting. Fascinating, in fact, to see the stages. Just curious Matt, do you devote a portion of your crop to seed or go to outside scources.

  18. I have an avocado grove and I am familar with many of the problems with irrigation. You mentioned that you flooded the rice field to 2 inches. This would require an extremely level field. Did you use some kind of laser leveler to get the field that level.

    Second the daily evaporation here in around .25 inches/day. I suspect the evaporation rate would be greater, as you are located in the Central Valley. If no water is added to the field, in 8 days the field would be dry. How do you key the 2 inch level constant?

    What is your rate of monitoring the fields?


  19. I see fallow rice fields – is the irrigation water sold, or just not needed or paid for?
    Are you part of a rice co-op & how does that work?
    Are there limits on how much you can grow, aside from water? I mean government, co-op's…
    How do they wet the rice seed before planting?
    Some grocery stores here don't stock California rice; it's from Louisiana… Thanks a lot.

    I enjoy your videos & learning. Thanks from a Biggs resident!

  20. I am 21 and I am just now starting out rice farm and I would like to talk to you about some poblems I am having with rice

  21. Great videos really interesting thanks for making them. I live in the garden state but we don't grow rice

  22. some people say that fertilizer causes water to run through the soil like through a sieve. How you manage that the water stays twenty inches deep?

    You get good results but i would think it would burn your roots….

  24. Like your simple presentation, the field looks same as my country, though there are differences.

  25. Hi Matt I have seen representations of planting rice in Asia and they seem to be planting rice plants not rice seeds. My family used to farm almonds in California so I have some familiarity with farming but I don't understand the difference. I'm loving your videos and thrilled that I found you through Derek of Tillamook Dairy farming

  26. Very good video about the development of rice plants, do you know how many you have on average per square meter? … Greetings from Chile

  27. Came here to look up how my aquaponic rice is doing for a research project. I have my rice seeds in rock wool with water up to the level of the seed and a 300watt growlight a foot above the seeds.

    After 21 days mine looks like your 19 days and only 7 inches tall.

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