Save typhoon-damaged rice crops with machine dryers and harvesters: PhilRice
The Philippine Rice Research Institute advised rice farmers to use mechanical dryers and combine harvesters to save crops affected by typhoons Karen and Lawin.
PhilRice said farmers who harvested their crops just before Karen and Lawin hit must use mechanical dryers and dry their palay.
Juliano said farmers should drain crops submerged in water. Farmers who had this problem should use a combine harvester provided that the moisture on the rice panicles are at a minimum to minimize grain losses. For crops that are submerged and cannot be drained, Juliano advises farmers to harvest them manually to save them from further deterioration.
For more information on how to manage crops before and after typhoons, farmers may call or text the PhilRice Text center at 0920 911 1398