Rice History Essay

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Roshni Patel10/15/14EGL 101 0G2First Draft 3ERiceDid you know one half of the human population depends on rice as food? Myself is included because I lived in India for 13 years. India is part of Asia which is one of the number one places where rice is used the most. So I grew up eating rice every day and I think rice was my second food that I ate besides drinking milk when I was baby. And there was another interesting point that I grow up on a farm. So I know everything about rice how it grow, and where rice came from. Mostly, I knew about white rice because my regions use white rice for almost everything. I have also couple rice recipe which I will share in the research paper. That will make you feel that you want to eat rice too!I am going to tell you how to plant rice field and how to organize it step by step. First we need to purchase rice seeds from any gardening or farmer's supply store. You may also select which rice plants you want. I had choose long grain. This rice produces grain that are light and fluffy. Then we have choose the planting location and make sure the soil in the area you're planting involves of somewhat acid soil for the best results. Rice is a water loving plant which is grown in north-eastern states, all rounds the year if water is available through rain. Also make sure you have a reliable water basis and a way to drain that water when you need to harvest. Similarly you need to consider the season for rice needs 3 to 6 months of plant growth. Rice needs a long, warm growing season. Soak the seeds in water prep them for planting. Allow them to soak for at least 12 hours, but not longer than 36 hours. Remove the seeds from the water later. While your seeds are soaking, plan out where and how you want to plant them. Most prefer to plant the seeds in rows to make it easier to water and organize. Plant the rice seeds throughout the soil, during the fall or spring season. Keep in mind that the area needs to be flooded with water. It's much easier to flood a few smaller spaces than one larger one. Add fertilizer or covering to the soil, slightly covering the rice grains. This will automatically push the seeds down into the soil. Observe the water levels of the planting area, keeping the soil always wet. If you'd like, maintain 2 inches of water for the rice to grow. At least make sure the soil is consistently wet, if not flooded. Expect see leaves from the grains grow after about 1 week. You may wish to up the water as your plants climb to the 7 inch mark. For best results, thin out the seedlings no more than 4 inches apart in rows that range between 9 to 12 inches apart. Allow the seeds to grow up to 7 inches tall, which takes on average of about one month. If you follow this practice, transplant them when they reach 5-7 inches in height. They should be planted about a foot apart and covered with mud.Wait for the rice grains to mature. This will take almost 3 or 4 months; during this time, they can reach up to 17 inches tall....

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