Crop Calendar


Crop Calendar

A cropping calendar is a picture of the rice growing season from the fallow period and land preparation, to crop establishment and maintenance through to harvest and storage.

The benefits of using a crop calendar are being able to:

  • Plan for input purchase and use,
  • Develop cash flow budget for the year,
  • Determine credit need and period of requirement,
  • Determine labor requirements and plan for peak usage times, and
  • Organize contractors for land preparation and harvesting.
  • Determine the best date to plant. This information can be gathered from local experience, agricultural advisors and leading farmers in the district.
  • Determine the time the variety takes from planting to harvest. The length of time from establishment to harvest is known for each variety. It may vary a little depending on the growing conditions especially water availability and solar radiation. Normally short duration varieties take 100−120 days, medium duration 120−140 days, and long duration 140 days or more to reach maturity.
  • Most varieties take 50−55 days from panicle initiation to harvest.
  • Mark on the calendar the date of planting and then when each other operation needs to be done (ploughing, weeding, fertilizing, and harvesting).
  • Then determine how much labor, equipment and finance will be required at each step during the growing period.
  • Pin the calendar in a prominent place to remind you when things need to be done.

Variety

Ranjit

Duration

150 - 155 days

Crop calendar

Transplanting

Season

Sali

Best planting window

May 25 – June 01

Nursery operations

1st plowing

21 - 14 DBS

2nd plowing

15 - 10 DBS

3rd plowing

7 - 5 DBS

4th plowing

2 DBS

Harrowing

2 DBS

Raised bed preparation

1 DBS

Seed soaking

4 DBS

Seed incubation

2 - 3 DBS

Sowing

DOS

Main field operations

1st plowing

21 - 14 DBT

2nd plowing

15 - 10 DBT

3rd plowing

7 - 5 DBT

4th plowing

2 DBT

Harrowing

2 DBT

Crop protection in nursery

7 DBT

Crop protection at planting

DOT

Planting

30-35 DAS/DOT

Basal application of fertilizer

2 DBT

2nd dose of fertilizer

25 - 35 DAT

3rd dose of fertilizer

60 - 65 DAT

Post emergence herbicide application

3-5 DAT

Weeding

15 - 25 DAT

Crop protection at Tillering

25 - 45 DAT

Crop protection at PI

55 - 60 DAT

Crop protection at grain filling

95 - 100 DAT

Drain water

105 - 110 DAT

Harvesting

120 - 125 DAT

Storage

7 DAH