This Season’s Great Crop Experiment: Rice

I’m sure this has happened to you before. You’re looking through the seed catalog in the middle of winter and dreaming of how free of pests and disease your garden is going to be, how perfect the amount of rain is going to be, and how productive all your crops are going to be, and you think you can fit just one more crop in.
Every year I get inspired (or some might say duped) to buy an unusual crop or plant I’ve never tried before. This year was no different. Apparently, and crazily, rice is grown in southern Missouri. I eat so much rice I would at least like to see if it would be possible to grow it here, so I spent the $1.50 on a little packet of upland rice. This is what happened.

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