This picture is from the middle of July. We directly seeded rice in the right half of this picture – as an experiment. Notice that it is two weeks behind the transplanted rice to the left. The directly sown yields where lower, the plants were more scattered and the weed pressure was higher. However, the labor and cost (seedling, greenhouse space, etc.) of transplanting is considerably higher than directly sown rice. We are now in the process of applying for a research grant to test the economic viability of directly sown rice production in the northeast.
There are a dozen varieties in the picture above and center. Name them all and the farm is yours! Notice all the different appearances. Hopefully a diversity of tastes ensues.