Hubert, I posted a similar question in Wild Harvesting. So far no replies. I'm going to give it a try with wild rice, but we missed our chance this spring and now have to wait until mid-September. Samuel Thayer in Forager's Harvest says he can harvest about a bushel per hour of green wild rice. When dried a bushel of green will yield 6-18 pounds of rice. Definately worth giving a shot. Hopefully someone here has some prior experience.
i cheated and sprouted rice from the store, whole short grain brown rice it was. I babied it and got it to grow. pretty simple process actually, if you want i can tell you how. it was almost impossible for me to find good rice seed. everything grown here in the states is not what i want. that and they all wanted me to buy 50 lbs of seed or more.
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hubert cumberdale wrote: i cheated and sprouted rice from the store, whole short grain brown rice it was. I babied it and got it to grow. pretty simple process actually, if you want i can tell you how. it was almost impossible for me to find good rice seed. everything grown here in the states is not what i want. that and they all wanted me to buy 50 lbs of seed or more.
I bought rice for sprouting from Sproutpeople.com in 2008. They had 2 kinds back then, short grain Japanese brown and Wehani, which was sort of a mahogany colored. The brown did better for me in a Michigan summer, actually made ripe grains by late October, but I did them in pots and had them inside the hoophouse coldframe, with side ventilation all summer. The Wehani didn't quite make it. My chickens actually got in there and stripped it, I would only have gotten a few tablespoons of grain, but it was a fun experiment. That was a particularly COLD summer here, too, so it does imply to me that with the right strain and technique it would be possible to grow rice in the north. I know there is a project in Vermont or New Hampshire about growing rice, had a pretty impressive page online, check out the second link below.
We grew out seed this year in a 10x15 or so paddy. We are in vermont and used the variety hayauki I believe. We started with 10 grams which we had to get from the USDA seed library. The yield was pretty good yield for the cloudy summer we had. In October we will thresh it and give an update on how much we actually got. The hope is to have a full acre next year to go along with our mix veggies at market.
We grew azolla and watercress in the paddies as well trying to maximize productivity. The azolla started really slow, I think because there was to much sun before the rice got larger. Once it started multiplying it went crazy. The frogs loved hiding in it.
I grew it aroud a 6' stock tank with 1.5 foot gravel ledge around it. The whole thing sunken into the ground a foot with a pond liner. I put a handful of Compost and a seed every 2' around the edge. Our single seed packet turned into 5.6 pounds of unshelled rice! I think I have some pictures.. .. Somewhere..
It seems like this could be a very productive crop. I envision making 20 minature rice paddies gleed with ducks yearly..
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