While modern technology has enabled rice production to increase over the past two decades, this increase has often been matched by the world's population growth. Therefore, the need for an accelerated
effort to further increase rice production is crucial. This book assembles and summarizes pertinent available information from rice research in the world's major rice-growing areas. Topics include: the importance of
rice; environments for rice growth; rice plant growth and development stages, systems of cultivation and management of land, water, soil fertility, and fertilizer; and harvesting and post-harvesting technology.