Application of Fertilizer
Nitrogen fertilizer (urea) increases the number of tillers produced by the rice plant. It also allows for rapid change of leaves; replacement of dying and damaged leaves.
Management of Water
The high level of water in the field (above 4”) affects the number of tillers, effective uptake of fertilizer, height, sturdiness of the plant and increases pests/diseases.
Controlling of Weeds
Weed control minimizes the competition for space, sunlight, nutrient and water. Weeds should be controlled before fertilizers are applied.
Examine for Pests and Diseases
All fields are to be regularly examined for pests and diseases; steps are to be taken to manage any pests and diseases found in the fields.