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Growing rice in pacific northwest? Western washington maritime zone 8 / 7

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Hi guys, new to the forum but been doing permaculture on a homestead for 5 years now. Has anyone in my climatic zone here had success with growing rice? My husband and I are talking about it and we're right off the coast of washington. Any success with other people in my zone and this region with growing rice?

What worked for you? What mistakes to avoid?

If so what varieties of grain worked for you? I have no idea what to look for, but we could make some rice patties here and get started.

Thanks so much.
 
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So far I have not had success getting it to germinate outside and I don't have the time and space for starting it inside where it is warm enough.
I have excellent results with winter wheat.   I have not been able to get a harvest of summer pseudo grains because of bird pressure.
 
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Dang, I figured that might be an issue. We can problems with robins and other birds repeatedly eating our seeds for other plants as well. If anyone else has had success let me know. We don't have a greenhouse and not sure if we're going to bother getting one to start indoors.
 
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I haven’t planted it yet, but I bought seeds of a couple varieties of upland rice which I plan to plant in south coastal BC which is also zone 7/8. Hoping to trial these in the next year or two in a wetter area of the farm, but being upland strains they should not need paddies.
 
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Andrew Williamd has been growing rice at the North end of Scotland:

This video is from a couple of years ago. I'm not sure how it's doing now, but I think he did get some to crop. I think they need starting indoors to get a longer season.
 
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Andrea Locke wrote:I haven’t planted it yet, but I bought seeds of a couple varieties of upland rice which I plan to plant in south coastal BC which is also zone 7/8. Hoping to trial these in the next year or two in a wetter area of the farm, but being upland strains they should not need paddies.



I'm curious to know how it turns out. I think upland rice might be the way to go, we'll see. Still don't know if we want to try it but we'll see.
 
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