RRDI_CropEstablishment_LandPreparation_WetBed E த Address : Bathalagoda, Ibbagamuwa, Sri Lanka E- Mail : email@example.com Telephone : +94 372 258561 Fax : +94 372 259881 Facebook සිංහල தமிழ் Rice-the staple food-Crop Establishment Wet-bed Method Nursery Nursery location Develop in a part of the same field that crops will be grown.total seed bed area is about 1/10 of the area to be transplanted.nursery site should not be in a shady placeConstruction of the seed bedSoil is well puddled and leveled before nursery establishment.Drainage canals are constructed between seed beds for proper water management.Decomposed organic manure and basal inorganic fertilizer dressing is addedfacilitates easy uprooting of seedlings.increases seedling vigor.Nursery maintanance Maintained in a moist condition for about 5 days.free from weeds, pests and diseases.without nutrient deficiencies. Seed Paddy RequirementAbout 50 kg per Ha.Seed rate is adjusted for small grain varieties.Seed preprarationSoaked for a minimum of 24 hours (using clean water).Incubated for about 48 hours (in a warm dry place). Nursery establishmentNursery is drained well before seed sowing.Pre-germinated seeds are broadcasted uniformly over the seed bed.Once the seedlings are established,nursery is impounded with water.water level is raised gradually. Seedlings are kept for about 12-21 days (depending on the age class of the variety). Wet-bed nurseries assure rapid seedling growth and allow easy uprooting of seedlings.