PhilRice recommends strategies to manage typhoon-damaged crops

PhilRice recommends strategies to manage typhoon-damaged crops

SCIENCE CITY OF MUNOZ, Nueva Ecija, Oct. 23 (PNA) –The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) has recommended strategies on how to manage typhoon-damaged crops following the massive floodings brought by Lando.

Danilo Fontanilla inspects his damage palay caused by heavy rain and strong winds brought by Typhoon Lando at Barangay Urbiztondo in San Juan, La Union. Photo by VIC ALHAMBRA, JR
Danilo Fontanilla inspects his damage palay caused by heavy rain and strong winds brought by Typhoon Lando at Barangay Urbiztondo in San Juan, La Union.  VA/NorthboundPH

The PhilRice expert said that in harvesting crops submerged in water or mud, farmers can use the combine harvester provided that the ricefield is already dry.

“If the crop submerged in water is easy to drain, combine harvester can be used provided that no or minimum moisture is present in the panicles to minimize grain losses during operation,” Arnold Juliano, PhilRice agriculture engineer, said.

For submerged crop with drainage problem, Juliano said that manual harvesting is advisable to save the grains from deterioration.

He said that using mechanical dryer is also recommended as it allows drying during unfavorable weather conditions.

“Drying of harvested grains for seeds must have drying temperature not higher than 43°C,” he said.

To know more about the practical recommendations on how to manage typhoon-damaged crops, he said the farmers may call or text the PhilRice Text Center at 0920 911 1398.

The extent of damage caused by typhoon Lando to rice sector in Central Luzon was estimated at PHP5.98 billion. PNA