Duborskian Upland Rice


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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, rain fed 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

Duborskian Rice and Black Turtle Beans. Delicious!

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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49 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.

  7. Jessie says:

    I’m interested in growing rice. I live in the Upstate of South Carolina. We’re in zone 7, but the summers are getting hotter and drier here. Do you believe this would be a good alternative to corn? I just can’t get corn to grow, but I really want to have a grain staple.

    • John Sherck says:

      If drought is a problem then upland rice would not be a good choice. It needs at least the same amount of moisture as corn, a minimum of 1″ of water per week. More if your soil has sand. You may want to consider giving the various millet varieties a try. They are drought tolerant and do not mind the heat. Another great and productive grain would be amaranth. It is easy to thresh and has no hull. A third option would be teff. Again, it is drought tolerant, does not mind the heat and it also has no hull. Teff is more difficult to thresh than amaranth.

  8. Maryanne Pemberton says:

    hello do you ship rice seed to Canada? i would like to purchase the short season upland varieties? thanks very much, Maryanne

  9. Adam Hackenberg says:

    I am will be trying out cho seun rice this year, I plan on direct seeding, so you know for how long through the growing process I should be supplying nitrogen, does transplanting help lengthen the time nitrogen is available to the plant? Another question is I,ve watched videos of rice harvest in other countries, in some of these they take and thresh the rice immediately, then I believe they dry it on a tarp in the sun for a few days after that, to reduce moisture content for storage. Is the drying in bundles under cover to reduce moisture content, or is there another reason, like being hard to thresh at that point in time, I have limited shed space, so it would be better having to store less material. Or if I could just store half the plant, or panicles for a time…

    • John Sherck says:

      In the past I have used compost at the time of bed prep. I have also used Fertrell organic fertilizer, “Super N” which is a 4-3-4. I have only ever amended the beds in the spring before planting. The only additional thing I might use is a foliar feed like kelp. I can not tell you for sure on the nitrogen availability for transplants versus direct seed. Any organic fertilizer or compost should be a very slow release. I would believe too much nitrogen could contribute to lodging or overall weakness in the plants. So, my best answer for the first question would be to feed once and be judicious with the nitrogen. Regarding harvesting, I cut my plants when about 3/4 (75%-80%) of the seed has turned golden colored (straw). You can check by breaking open a seed to see if the grain is doughy inside or dry. Dry would be fully mature. If you wait for the other grain heads to dry the earliest grain may begin to shatter, resulting in yield loss. I hang my plants for about two weeks before threshing. I have never tried threshing freshly cut rice. Machine threshing fresh cut plants would probably work. Threshing using a flail might damage the grains. The hanging process is to make sure the seed is fully dry and ready for storage. Experimentation may be your best bet. My way works for me but it is probably not the only method. Other rice growing cultures have thousands of years of experience. I only have 6. This is a great question. Please share back your results if you try different methods.

  10. Adam Hackenberg says:

    This one describes salting to bring down moisture, with another method being sun drying in thin layers. I,d imagine the salt method maybe useless in seed saving. http://www.ikisan.com/ka-rice-harvesting-storage.html

  11. Maryanne Pemberton says:

    i have seen the plans for the rice de-huller that you are using, however, i could not make something like that to save my life or know where to get the parts from…do you know if these are sold by anyone anywhere? thanks, Maryanne

    • John Sherck says:

      I purchased my rice dehuller from Don Brill at Brill Engineering. Last time I checked he is still building and selling these. A friend in Michigan bought one last fall. The treadle powered thresher came from “The Back to the Land Store”.

  12. Maryanne Pemberton says:

    also where did you get your foot powered thresher from?

  13. George W Zeller says:

    Looking for a wetlands rice variety to grow in the mountains of NC – last frost early -mid May …. first frost early Oct.

  14. Xiaoyu Gao says:

    We are trying to order some upland rice seeds for research purpose. (like a few grams). Are those seeds available currently? Thanks.

  15. Donn H Corey says:

    I am an organic farmer in Southeast Minnesota and would like to try growing dryland (upland) rice.
    Do you currently have any upland rice variety seed that you would recommend for my growing zone available for sale?

    • John Sherck says:

      Hello Donn, I do have some varieties that will likely work for you. I will not have them available for sale until mid to late November.
      Any of the early maturing ones should not be a problem in your region.

      • Donn H Corey says:

        Thanks for the reply. I will stay in touch in November.
        I would like to direct seed 2 to 3 acres. Would you have enough seed for this ? Have you tried direct seeding ? I will need seeding rate and depth of seed planting also.
        i am excited to experiment with this !
        We are growing out about 2 acres of Siberian Winter rye this fall.
        Hopefully it does well.

  16. LIVING WELL says:

    Good evening,

    I watched your video, and I am interested in purchasing this variety of rice, my question is this, I notice you did nit polish the rice is that after you husk/hull it, you have a white rice or is it that you cooked it as a brown rice


  17. Carolyn Paik says:

    I know a better emulator if someone wants to get it.

  18. George Mroch says:

    I placed a order on 2-13,2020. I order several different seeds for a total of $150.00. Going on your site I can’t find that I order them, and it when thru.

  19. Robert says:

    When will I be able to purchase Douborskian rice seeds online ? Thank you

  20. Thomas Westgard says:

    I bought the 7 gram packet of duborskian rice seeds. Here is my experience so far, which might help future buyers.

    As far as the buying experience itself, I ordered online and the seeds I ordered were in my mailbox a few days later. Not much to go on, but if you want one guy’s experience with ordering, it all went very smoothly.

    7 grams of seeds came to 182 individual seeds, which divides out to exactly 26 seeds per gram. I’m sure there’s fluctuation in the exact amount from packet to packet because of course not every seed is the identical size. But still, that gives you some idea of what to expect for numbers.

    I planted mine singly in 72-cell 1020 trays, obviously not possible at larger scale but not bad for this many. It’s too soon for them to have germinated. I’ll try to update this post later with more information about the growing process.

    The growing recommendation above says a spacing of 9”, not specifying whether that’s between rows, between plants, or both. I don’t have many sources for instructions to go on. There’s another handbook (14 pages) published for African growers that recommends 5cm (2in) between plants and 30cm (12in) between rows. That’s a huge disparity in density, so I’m trying to decide how to proceed.

    I’m planning to do a row 48” wide, for ease of covering later against birds. If I have 100% germination and put the plants on a 4” grid, that’s only 60” long.

    No grand conclusion here, just thought these calculations would be useful to other growers.

    • John Sherck says:

      Thanks, Thomas for the input. I know in Africa and Asia where upland rice is grown, they direct seed in the field at a closer rate. Rice does need some space as the plants can get quite large. I space my rice transplants around 9 – 11 inches apart. That is a generalization because I use no measuring equipment, just eyeballing as I go. Unfortunately there is minimal information on upland rice growing in general, and even less for growing in northern temperate climates. Essentially “we” are writing the future manual by our own experiences and experimentation. I love your ideas regarding intercropping! I am planning a bed this season with rice and peanuts.
      I grow my rice in 50’s plug flats and the plants are ready to transplant in about 25 days. Since you are using 72’s, you will likely need to set them out earlier. My experience has shown that rice transplants do not do well if the roots become “root-bound”. When I see any yellowing on leaves after a few weeks, I transplant pronto.

      Thanks also for the insights on the ordering process. Sherck Seeds is a one man show. I have always tried to fill orders as quickly as possible.

      John Sherck

  21. Dominic says:

    I’m in Eastern PA – I’ve got several 4′ x 10′ plots that I plan on doing some experimental planting of Duborskian Rice that I bought from you in the fall. I have 1014 seeds ( I counted lol). and I am going to do direct seeding, and if I have enough seeds, broadcasting. For the direct seeding, I plan on 9″ x 9″ spacing planting 1″ deep. I can’t find anywhere how many seeds I should put in each hole. If germination rate is 90, then maybe I do 2 seeds per hole? so that would leave me about 800 seeds to broadcast loosely (Fukuoka style). In all cases i’m interplanting with carrot/radish and sunflower at the north end of the plot.

    So, can you give me any guidance on seeds per direct seeded spot, if that spacing sounds good, and any tips for broadcast?


    • John Sherck says:

      Hello Dominic, I have only direct seeded 2 times. Both times I planted one seed every 2-3″ and then thinned them down after germination to an average of 9 – 11 inches apart. I did this because germination is always trickier outdoors than in the greenhouse. I would not recommend putting 2 seeds in one opening. My experience is that rice does not like it’s roots being disturbed. Simple cutting one plant if two germinate will not work since rice is a grass. You would have to remove the plant and roots, otherwise it will regrow. Hope that makes sense.

      Regarding broadcasting, I have no experience. Cultivation may be problematic as rice germinates slowly and grows slowly for the first month. They do broadcast via airplane for paddy rice. In that case the paddy eliminates weed pressure. On the other hand, Masanobu Fukuoka did broadcast with success. His method is fascinating but I have never tried it.

      John Sherck

  22. JJ says:

    Can you email me when you get more in stock?

  23. Seamus says:

    How can I order or pre-order these rice seeds?

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