Loto Upland Rice
(Oryza sativa); Awnless; Hulled; ~105 days from transplant
Loto is a upland variety from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. An awnless variety, Loto's grains are considered a risotto type. Plants are compact in stature and tiller well.
Our initial seed stock came from Sherck Seeds. Here on our southeast Michigan homestead, we have successfully harvested from direct seeded plants for the last three years though 2020's harvest was diminished through considerable bird theft. Lesson learned - don't tempt fate by giving mature grains "just one more day."
If direct seeding, keep in mind rice seedlings are slow to emerge and establish, and don't do well with weed competition. A tip for direct seeding - plant 1-2 fast growing seeds like for a radish with each rice grain, the radish seeds will emerge before the rice and will help mark the rice seedlings. You can always pull the radish seedlings before they get too big.
Use drop down menu to choose from three packet options, minimum:
a) 50 choice hand selected seeds
b) 7 grams
c) 28 grams (1 ounce)
Seed weight: 2.8 grams per 100 seeds.IMPORTANT NOTE: Keep in mind, rice seed is hulled. Rice is planted in its hull but after harvest, that hull must be removed before eating. De-hulling rice is not easily achieved by hand, requiring mechanical assistance such as the Brill De-huller or an electric de-huller.