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Can you grow rice in zone 8?

 
Brandon Karhu
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I live in the pacific northwest, zone 8. Is there a variety of rice that can grow in this climate?
 
Dennis Lanigan
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You may want to look at this post http://www.permies.com/t/20951/homestead/Rice-seed-sources-wild-rice.

I got the rice seed mentioned and I'm going to try it in zone 8. I'm just going to grow in buckets/kiddie pool this year though.
 
Jordan Lowery
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I grow rice in a warm zone 7/cold zone 8. Flood irrigated with duck water every now and then no pernanent flooding. This year I'll be doing more with a few varieties.
 
Julie Alberlan
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Fedco seeds has a variety of rice that grows in Russia (and Maine) and does not need flooding. Here is the link:
http://www.fedcoseeds.com/seeds/search.php?listname=Rice&item=4312&index=0

Julie
 
Dennis Lanigan
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Thanks so much for that information Julie! I probably late to put rice in but I'm going to try it anyway!
 
Dennis Lanigan
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I just got my rice from FEDCO. But now I don't know what to do with it. I read this http://www.mofga.org/Publications/MaineOrganicFarmerGardener/Winter20102011/Rice/tabid/1798/Default.aspx
But I have no idea how to make plugs. I'm already behind so I'll probably just start it in a seed tray, like the woman above. Any other suggestions from experienced dry rice farmers?

 
Adam Klaus
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Glad for the talk about the Duborskian Rice, finally motivated me to plant mine yesterday. little late, but should still harvest by October.

To the OP's question, I think the only issue would be heat units during the growing season. You say Zone 8 and I think hot, sunny weather. But Pac NW is neither. I am zone 6, but have a warm growing season June-Sept.
I would think that if you can grow good corn, then short season dryland rice should work as well. Give it a try, not much to lose.

Plugs are just individual cell trays for starting seedlings, rather than a basic flat. I used a 128 cell plug tray. If you are unfamiliar, check out the seed starting trays at Johnny's Seeds.

Go Rice!
 
Joe Moore
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@Brandon

You may consider listening to this podcast on "rice permaculture". If they can do it in Vermont, I'm quite sure you could do it in the PNW.

http://agroinnovations.com/podcast/2010/12/06/episode-113-temperate-rice-permaculture/

The guest on that episode has been doing a ton of exciting research on the subject.

In this episode of the podcast we are joined once again by permaculture designer and entrepreneur Ben Falk. Ben joined me to talk about his experiments with growing rice in paddies in the temperate climate of Vermont. Topics of discussion include the rationale for working with rice, rice as a hydroponic nutrient management system, the role of animals in rice production, the advantages of using cheap oil to build rice terraces, the potential for tree crops, and the challenges of processing rice at the homestead scale.
 
Laura Sweany
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For those looking for a human-powered wild rice huller, check out this cool construction: http://arcadianabe.blogspot.com/2013/10/wild-rice-cascadian-style.html
There's great information in this blog on wildcrafting wild rice, as well as processing it. I don't know how germain this is to traditional rice processing, but I hope it's helpful.
 
Dennis Lanigan
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Laura, thanks for that link. It's blowing my mind because I always wondered (having grew up in the Puget Sound area) if Wild Rice would grow there. Cascadian Wild Rice! I can't believe it. Now that I live in Wild Rice country (Minnesota) this small scale huller will prove really helpful.

I don't see why it also wouldn't work for oats, rice, barley.

Being a nutrition nerd, I can't help but also say phytic acid is a real concern when it comes to grains. Be sure to process all grains in a way that neutralizes the acid (soaking in acid, fermenting, etc.) before consuming in large quantities. Wild rice still contains phytic acid.

http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/living-with-phytic-acid

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytic_acid
 
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