The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration recently announced the beginning of the rainy season. For rice farmers, this marked another period of tireless labor to produce the country’s main staple. While some get overwhelmed, Nueva Ecija farmer Julian Soteo, 64, never frets. He makes sure that his decisions are right, especially in nutrient management. Farmers’ ally Fertilizers are essential as they help nourish the crop and produce good […]

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Farmers always aim for bountiful harvest. To attain this, some farmers overfeed the rice crop with nutrients; a huge mistake they often make. A PhilRice study in Agusan del Norte, where rice fields are supposed to be mineral-rich, showed that deficiency is possible despite the presence of nutrients in the soil.  Thus, farmers should only apply needed fertilizers to avoid complications from other nutrients. Understanding soil properties Considered under the […]

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Bountiful harvest starts with the right seeds. This is why farmers like Ricardo Martinez, 59, of Bacolor, Pampanga is sometimes overwhelmed with the choices that he has to take before planting time. For which is just the fitting variety to plant among the more than 300 rice varieties approved by the National Seed Industry Council (then Philippine Seed Board) since 1977? Choose right With almost 30 years of farming experience, […]

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Farmers often get excited come harvest time. Unfortunately, some overlook that postproduction practices are as important as growing rice. A 2010 study by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization shows that 16.47% of rice is lost on postproduction. When saved, experts said, the losses could have covered the amount of rice imported annually. Dealing with rice the right way 1. Harvest at the right time As rice varieties […]

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Harvest is fast approaching. At last, Mang Juan will be reaping the reward of more than three months of caring for his rice plants. He’s not only excited for harvest, but also for the rice straw, locally known as dayami, that he will get. This will give him more income as fertilizer and as growing medium for his mushrooms. Evelyn F. Javier, supervising science research specialist of Agronomy, Soil, and […]

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We always get excited for new stuff; however, if it’s a new pest, we worry as it can reduce  37% of rice yield and sometimes, more. This is why PhilRice researchers are studying the characteristics and management of the rice grain bug (RGB), an emerging pest of rice. Getting to know RGB RGB (Paraeucosmetus pallicornis Dallas), also known as seed bug, was originally a legume pest. It was first observed […]

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Writer. Information technology practitioner. Systems developer. Administrator. Smart farm manager. Not five people but one. For over 30 years, Pagasa Awardee Roger F. Barroga has calibrated himself across disciplines. Sir Roger, as he is called at work, is one of PhilRice’s pioneer staff having joined the Institute while its main operations were still in Los Baños, Laguna. A call for service Hailing from Luna, Apayao, Sir Roger’s parents were in […]

As they say, prevention is better than cure. Researchers at Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) are studying the impact of the emergence of the world’s worst weed in irrigated lowland rice production. Cyperus rotundus L. or purple nutsedge also locally called as mutha, sudsud, and barsanga, which is previously known to grow only in the upland, is now quite prevalent in the lowland. As mutha is considered the worst weed […]

Early in 2015 the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Service Administration officially announced the onslaught of El Niño in the Philippines that caused drastic decline in crop production. Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority shows that rice and corn alone respectively fell by 818,000 and 251,800 mt that year compared in 2014. Losses were also recorded in sugarcane, coffee, tobacco, onion, cabbage, and rubber. It was one of the strongest […]

Two PhilRice cookbooks were recognized among the best cookbooks in the world in the 2018 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards held in Yantai, China, May 26-27. The Mushroom Feast: A Collection of Filipino Mushroom Recipes, which features commonly cultivated mushrooms on rice-based farms in the Philippines, won 2nd place in the Truffles and Mushrooms category along with entries from France (1st place) and Sweden (3rd place). The cookbook was edited by […]

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