Duborskian Upland Rice

Oryza sativa

threshed rice 1000 by 750

115 days from transplant. Requires rich, moist soil. Duborskian rice is a short grain Russian variety which has produced well in Northern Indiana. It is considered an upland rice and does not require flooding. Well-adapted to dry-land production. Very hardy and has some frost tolerance.

Rice seeds should be soaked in water 24 hours before planting. I start my plants indoors in April in plug flats, 50’s and transplant into beds after the last frost date. I recommend not leaving plants in flats for more than three weeks as the starts will yellow easily and weaken when root-bound. Here in Northern Indiana, I plant my rice plugs the last week of May. I plant into 4′ wide beds. This makes adding bird netting over the tops of the plants an easy chore using 5′ t-posts and twine. The plants are spaced 9″ apart in the beds. Upland rice requires about the same amount of water as corn, around 1″ per week during the growing season. The plants will begin to form seed heads in August. At maturity the rice husks will turn to a golden brown and the rice seed inside will be hard.  I harvest in late September, cutting the whole plant and bundling into groups of 4. These bundles are then hung in my drying shed for a few weeks until the plant is fully dry. At this point threshing is easy by hand (pulling the grains off) or using a threshing machine. I use a treadle (foot) powered thresher. Rice has an inedible husk that needs to be removed before eating.   The most primitive way to accomplish this is by pounding the grains with a stick or mallet on a wood surface (tree stump) in order to loosen the husks. There are small rice dehullers available but very difficult to locate. Brill Engineering offers online tutorials on how to build a small dehuller using easy to locate “off the shelf” parts.  http://www.brillengineering.com/

  • Alternative planting method. In the spring of 2017 I experimented with direct seeding rice into beds in late May. I had success with early maturing varieties. I recently learned that rice can be direct seeded even earlier; possibly at the beginning of May or late April. I would suggest you conduct some small trials if you are interested in this method. Transplanting has proven to be very reliable for 5 years in a row. Direct seeding is a new concept for me and I can not guarantee the results for any given variety. I am growing in a zone 5b (moving towards a 6).

Duborskian rice beds

Duborskian rice beds

Rice bird netting

Rice bird netting

Hanging rice in shed

Hanging rice in shed


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14 Responses to Duborskian Upland Rice

  1. CARemington says:

    Hi, how do I purchase?

    • John Sherck says:

      I start selling seed again in mid-November.
      I am currently getting ready to harvest this
      years crop of Duborskian Rice. I am planning
      to offer an additional 6 varieties of early
      maturing upland and paddy rice.

  2. Patricia Merrill says:

    I’m interested in purchasing seeds.

  3. CA Remington says:

    Do you know yet what other varieties you will have for sale? Will they also be offered in Mid-November???
    Thank you

  4. Rhea says:

    Hi I’m interested in growing rice in my yard in Minnesota using Masanobu Fukuoka’s no till + green manure method (from the book One-Straw Revolution).

    I found this article and I want to try the rice Krasnodarsky 3352 but I have no clue how to get some seeds. Do you have any idea where to get them? I will also try some of your seeds!

    • John Sherck says:

      I corresponded with Dr Schlappi a bit in 2014. I do not know of any source for that particular strain. My guess is that it
      would be available on the USDA GRIN database. I have since come across some other varieties of rice that are suitable for the
      North. Depending on how far North in Minnesota you live, you may want to try Yukikihari and Hayayuki. Both are paddy rice,
      but I grew them as upland, keeping the beds moist. The Hayayuki matured in under 100 days. Suitable for a zone 4. I also have
      a variety called Loto (it is a risotto type from Italy). It is about 110-115 day and did superb!

      Also, check out Wild Folk Farm in Maine. They also have seed available. They were the source for my Hayayuki and Yukikihari strains
      that I raised this season.

  5. Izsó Zoltán says:

    I am interested in. When it is aviable to purchase, that you can ship product to Hungary?

  6. kenneth says:

    I am in east Africa Kenya and interested in growing this duboskian rice variety how can i get it ?.

    • John Sherck says:

      Hello Kenneth,
      I do not sell seed outside the US. The main reason is that I can not guarantee the seeds will
      pass through customs. I am always willing to send seed as a trade? That way no money is
      transferred and we share the risk. I am sure there are some wonderful legumes and other seed
      available in Kenya. If you want to trade seed let me know. If interested, send me an email
      at john@sherckseeds.com.

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