Grant Singleton, coordinator of the Irrigated Rice Research Consortium at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI; http://irri.org ) and an expert on rodent biology and management - http://irri.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=8627:grant-singleto... - and Leigh Vial, head of IRRI's experiment station, discuss rat and bird control for a 25 x 100-meter rice field on IRRI's research farm.
The areas that birds have eaten, and the low-lying areas that were underwater too long, are both in need of some help. Our last resort is to transplant a few seedlings from the thick areas to the bare areas, but I am too lazy for that, so I seeded these areas again before it is too late. Being within a week, these younger seedlings should still be able to be protected and fertilized along with the rest of the field. The low-lying areas are still muddy, so hopefully they will take, but I doubt the bird-eaten areas will progress -- too dry now. We will need rain to make this work, and all of a sudden the atmosphere has dried-up and a wind set in.