Farmers need not be dismayed, lose hope, when typhoon hit and soak their crops. There’s still a way to rescue flooded rice!
Here are some tips from the Pinoy Rice Knowledge Bank (www.pinoyrice.com) for farmers to manage their crop during typhoons:
1. Dry immediately. Dry threshed rice that had been exposed to water within 24 hours using mechanical dryer, which dries palay faster than conventional techniques. According to rice experts, wet paddy rice absorbs water that may cause discoloration and crack within the grain. Should the rice germinates, it can either be planted, milled, or sold as chicken feed.
2. Rescue what could be harvested. For standing crops that were submerged for 24 hours or less, harvest what could be saved. Spread the stalks to drain and thresh immediately. Tie and hang upside down until dry. However, farmers need to check whether harvesting is still possible for crops submerged for 1-2 days. Otherwise, it is advisable to leave the crops as they’ll just turn dark and rot within 24-48 hours, especially when they are covered with mud.
3. Mill it. It is better to mill slightly discolored rice than sell it at a lower price. 4. Examine the variety. There are rice varieties that do not get affected easily when soaked in water. These varieties can be harvested without hesitation.