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Rice goes through a series of processes before finally reaching your dinner table. Rice production can generally be divided into the following stages: seed selection, land preparation, crop establishment, water management, nutrient management, crop health, harvesting and postharvest.

The two main practices of establishing rice plants are transplanting and direct seeding.
Transplanting is the most popular plant establishment technique across Asia. Transplanting is when pre-germinated seedlings are transferred from a seedbed to the wet field. It requires less seed and is an effective method to control weeds, but requires more labor.
Source: International Rice Research Institute, http://www.irri.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=9151&lang=en

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