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A crop calendar is a picture of your rice growing season: crop production from the fallow, land preparation, crop establishment and maintenance through to harvest and storage. By using a crop calendar, farm activities are better planned, done at the right time and it is easier to organize labor and obtain inputs such as seed and fertilizer. Better planning will decrease input costs and increase yields.
To create a crop calendar, consider following steps
1. Determine the best date to plant.
2. Determine the time the variety takes from planting to harvest (short duration <120, medium duration 120-140, long duration >140 days plus).
3. Mark on the calendar the date of planting and when each other operation needs to be done. (Ploughing, weeding, fertilizing, harvesting).
“Using a cropping calendar improves the timeliness and reduces
Shaik N. Meera, R. Mahender Kumar, P. Muthuraman, L.V. Subba Rao and B.C. Viraktamath (2014). A Handbook of Package of Practices for Rice. Directorate of Rice Research, Book No. 80/2014. p.365.