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Rice Today Vol. 11, No. 4

Rice Today Vol. 11, No. 4

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October - December 2012 The first lady of rice, Farmers capture success on video, Moisture meters at a lower cost, A millionaire farmer's story, Young brains in rice biotechnology, Rice fable from China
October - December 2012 The first lady of rice, Farmers capture success on video, Moisture meters at a lower cost, A millionaire farmer's story, Young brains in rice biotechnology, Rice fable from China

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Rice Today
 
October-December 2012
 
 www.irri.org 
International Rice Research Institute
ISSN 1655-5422
October-December 2012, Vol. 11, No. 4
Farmers capture success on videoMoisture meters at a lower costA millionaire armer's story Young brains in rice biotechnologyRice able rom China
The frst lady o rice
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October-December 2012
Rice Today
 
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publisher
Jmy Zwg
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Asia editor
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Arica editor
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RiceToday 
is published by The Rice Trader Inc. (TRT) in association with theInternational Rice Research Institute (IRRI). TRT, or 22 years, has brought subscribers crucial, up-to-the-minute inormationon rice trade through its weekly publication,
TheRiceTrader.
Acknowledged asthe only source o condential inormation about the rice market, this weeklysummary o market data analysis has helped both the leading commercial ricecompanies and regional government ocials make inormed decisions, which arecritical in today’s market.IRRI is the world’s leading international rice research and training center. Basedin the Philippines and with oces located in major rice-growing countries, IRRIis an autonomous, nonprot institution ocused on improving the well-being o present and uture generations o rice armers and consumers, particularly thosewith low incomes, while preserving natural resources. It is one o the 15 nonprotinternational research centers that are members o the CGIAR (www.cgiar.org).Responsibility or this publication rests with TRT and IRRI. Designations usedin this publication should not be construed as expressing TRT or IRRI policy oropinion on the legal status o any country, territory, city, or area, or its authorities,or the delimitation o its rontiers or boundaries.
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welcomes comments and suggestions rom readers.
RiceToday 
 assumes no responsibility or loss o or damage to unsolicited submissions, whichshould be accompanied by sucient return postage. The opinions expressed by columnists in
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The ladybird beetle (
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sp.) isone o the benefcial insects that protect rice plants romserious pests. It is active during the day and orages orood in the upper hal o the rice canopy in dryland andwetland habitats. This voracious predator eeds on aphids,mites, leahoppers, stem borers, planthoppers, thrips, andother small sot-bodied insects (photo by Isagani Serrano).
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Vol. 11, No. 4
ediTOrial ................................................................4neWs .........................................................................6TraininG ..................................................................8riCe TOdaY arOUnd THe WOrld ......................10dried TO PerFeCTiOn..........................................12
Farmers can now obtain cheaper moisture testers
FarMers GOT TalenT ..........................................16
Farmers capture their own success stories on video
eYes On THe PriZe ................................................18
Farmers decide on how to maximize profts andminimize risks
COUnTrY HiGHliGHT: laO Pdr ..........................20THe FirsT ladY OF riCe .......................................24
Lady beetles are armers' best riends because they eatpests that destroy rice
MaPs .......................................................................26
Where rice pests and diseases do the most damage
FrOM raGs TO riCHes WiTH riCe FarMinG .....28
A couple shares how they gained a million-peso wortho assets through arming
GiVinG an edGe TO YOUnG aFriCanresearCHers ....................................................31
Training Arica’s national partners in ricebiotechnology
riCe FaBles............................................................34
How rice panicles came to be (China)
WHaT’s COOKinG? ................................................38
Laotian steamed sticky rice with eggplant dip
a daY in THe liFe OF an OdisHariCe FarMer ..........................................................40Grain OF TrUTH ...................................................42
SRI: An evolving learning alliance
 
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Rice Today
 
October-December 2012
Rice Today
 
October-December 2012
 
 A 
s always,
Rice Today 
is at the oreronto bringing you breaking research news.In this issue, we share some researchpublished in
Nature 
on the discovery o the
PSTOL1
gene that helps rice grow bigger andbetter roots to take up more phosphorus and boostyields.But, rice arming is more than just targeting higher yields. In “Eyes on the Prize,” we examinethe complex decisions armers have to make to helpensure they get higher profts—it is not as simpleas just relying on high-yielding varieties. Plus, a arming couple rom the Philippines tells their story about how their rice-arming enterprise has returneda proft.Making complex decisions to turn a proftcan be made easier when armers are supportedby learning alliances that allow them to testnew technologies and adapt them to theirlocal conditions. IRRI’s Dr. Bas Bouman, alsothe new director o the Global Rice SciencePartnership, takes a resh look at the System o Rice Intensifcation in the “Grain o ruth” andits potential as a learning alliance to bring armerstogether to share knowledge.Bringing armers together is at the heart o theDigital Green project in which Indonesian armersare producing their own videos to share their bestmanagement practices or direct seeding to learnrom each other.Our country highlight this issue ocuses on LaoPDR as does “What’s cooking?” with a recipe orLaotian steamed sticky rice with eggplant dip.In our cover story, lady beetles are given centerstage or their role in controlling pests, while ourmaps section shows us where pests and diseases dothe most damage across Asia. Over in Arica, thereis some hope in tackling the continent’s biggestdisease challenge—rice yellow mottle virus— which is covered in both our news section and ourarticle about Arica’s resh batch o biotechnology graduates.o turn to news closer to home, this issuemarks the end o an era as this is the last
Rice Today 
or which our partner—Te Rice rader(R)—will serve as the magazine’s publisher.R joined
Rice Today 
back in 2008 to help movethe publication orward and support its ongoing production and distribution. During our timetogether, we experimented with advertising in
Rice Today,
developed
e-Rice Today 
, got our frst articlestranslated into Spanish and French, upgraded our Web site presence, initiated the Editorial Board,expanded our coverage into other areas o rice, andconnected with rice traders at R conerences.I would like to say a special word o personalthanks to the R team or their contributions: Aileen Macalintal, the current editor; Mia Aureus,the previous editor; V. Subramanian, the managing editor; and Jeremy Zwinger, the publisher. Jeremy led the way in opening up our relationship andpushed us to think outside our previous box. Subra has provided us with a constant buzz o energy andideas and organizational skills to keep the magazineon top o its game. Mia and Aileen (more recently)have done all the hard work—providing their hands-on writing and editing skills and helping ensure themagazine was delivered every quarter packed ull o great content. We are very much looking orward to continue working with R, who, we hope, will join us in anongoing capacity on the
Rice Today 
Editorial Board, where their contributions and special rice-trading perspective will be highly valued.Tanks, R, rom all o the
Rice Today 
team!Sophie Clayton
Rice Today 
associate publisher

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whether the super bags are available in India? If yes how to get few for testing their efficacy under Indian conditions.
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The new P efficient gene should be incorporated in major upland and lowland varieties to improve their P uptake from soil. The new P efficient varieties sould also be tested by agronomist to reduce P doses (from 4:2: 1 to 4: 1: 1 ration of NPK dose.
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