Order Deadline is February 28
Rice Seed For Sale
Taking orders for the 2019 growing season.
Quality: We started with five grams of each variety from the USDA. For the last 3-5 seasons (depending on variety) we have been selecting the best traits from each variety. Our experience has shown that these varieties can yield up to 5,000 lbs/acre. Germination is 80-90% (after soak test - read under "Cultivation Information"). This past summer, even in the drought, we were able to grow 3,600 pounds/acre, and we still have a lot to learn about our rice agriculture and how it interacts with the surrounding ecosystems.
All rice is grown by our organic standards:
Inputs: Compost, rock amendments and foliar homemade teas (sourced mostly from the gulf of Maine and our farm) for fertility.
Integration: Grown in rice paddies, with azolla and ducks. Technically, ducks in the paddy prevent us from organic certification.
Human power: No machinery is used the paddies. The rice was threshed with a foot powered thresher.
No GMOs, No seed coatings, No Arsenic
Seed Amounts: 1 pound ~ 1000 sq. feet. 100 grams ~ 200 sq feet. 10 grams ~ 20 sq. feet. There are roughly 35-40 seeds per gram. If you want orders larger than 100 grams contact us.
Cold Tolerance: This rice can take light frost early in the season and will continue to mature into the frost nights of fall. The plants will remain alive after freeze, but their maturity will stop, or slow down considerably. These rices also works well for growth in the spring or fall in warmer areas, if for example, one wanted to grow something else in the summer, or those seasons are wetter.
Maturity Dates: All of our seeds were grown in central Maine. Our maturity dates are based on wet paddy conditions. Add an additional 1-2 weeks to the maturity dates in dry conditions (as proven in this drought year!) We are in Zone 5a, very close to 5b.
Shipping Dates: Seeds will be sent in late March/early April. On your order, please specify if you need seeds earlier for your growing plan.
Seed companies: If you plan to grow-out and sell this seed commercially, please be in touch before so, so we can figure out a fair arrangement.
Learn more about how many of these varieties taste here.
Lowland Varieties: Lowland varieties grow in wet paddies, or riparian areas. We have found that while lowland rice prefers wet clay soil, paddies and flooding are not needed. These varieties are typically shorter and will produce more tillers than upland rice. In general, they outperform upland varieties in wetter soils, and also are less likely to lodge (fall over) when ripe or ripening. Lodging is more of an issue for machinery operations. Try to keep soil moist through the middle of July. Heights max around 3 feet.
Upland Varieties: Traditionally, upland rice grows in drier conditions. All rice seems to prefer moist soils and we have found that it also does well in our flooded clay paddies. In drier conditions it will outperform lowland rices. Does better than lowland rice amongst other dryland agriculture crops. Neither upland nor lowland rice likes growing sandy soils, but Upland varieties can tolerate more sandy composition than lowland varieties. I recommend mulching well, if growing in a dryer area. Upland rice is taller than lowland rice, and has less tillers. Each tiller is thicker and will produce more seeds. 12-24 tillers per plant. Heights top out around 4 feet.
Maturity 95-100 Days from transplant in paddies. We harvest the following three rices in early September with adequate moisture. The two lowland varieties and the most sensitive, out of all our rices, to dry conditions. Can be directly sown in zone 4b in wet conditions and transplanted in zone 4a.
Hayayuki: Lowland. Short grain, Northern Japan, light brown rice.
Akamuro: Lowland.Short grain, Northern Japan, Red. "Aka" means read in Japanese and "Muro" means ice house, so yes this rice was also meant for the cold. The plant has a nice golden color to it, different form most rices. The red comes from anthocyanins, the some compounds found in autumn leaves.
Duborskian: Upland, short grain from Ukraine. Finishes a week after Hayayuki. It has beautiful long awns that seem keep the birds away. We have yet to directly sow this rice. The awns, serve like antennae - Watch your harvested drying kernels shoot up towards the sky and rotate, as they are drying, or being stored.
Maturity 105-115 days from transplant in paddies. We harvest the following three rices in the middle of September. Can be transplanted in zones 4b or warmer in wet conditions and 5a in drier conditions and directly sown in zone 6.
Yukimochi: Sweet/Stick Rice, lowland from Northern Japan. Short grain and white, pearly color.
Uz Rosk: Upland light brown rice from Central Asia. These grains are slightly bigger than most of our other lowland varieties. Hands down are best yielder in dry conditions! Only available on this site!
Ponta Rubra: Upland light brown rice from Portugal. Paella anyone? Larger short grain kernels. Also very heavy yielder! Only available on this site!
Maturity 120 -125 days from transplant in paddies. We harvest these varieties into October sometimes. I wouldn't recommend growing these unless you are well into zone 5b, or have some paddies.
Yukihikari/ Matsumae: We can't find a difference between these two. Short grain, Lowland Northern Japanese variety. These are our highest yielding and latest maturing lowland varieties. Only available on this site! (Limited Supply - might be sold out)
Arpa Shali: Upland variety from Central Asia. Medium Grain. Our tallest plant, reaching heights of 4.5 feet. Red Rice.
Titanio: Risotto rice. Has a unique almost conical floral structure. My favorite to admire towards harvest. Light brown rice from Italy.
We soak seed for 10 days in the middle of April. Roughly 1/4 float and are discarded. Next, we sow the seeds in flats. We then transplant them 4-5 weeks later, after the danger of frost. Seedlings are transplanted at 8-12 inches apart. Harvest when at least ½ of the seeds have fallen and are golden brown. More information can be found here: Akaogi Rice Growing Manual. And please follow-up with any questions. For upland and lowland varieties try to keep the soil moist through July.
We have started directly sowing some of out rice. In our climate we sow it at the start of May in WET soils.