Drones have been circling the experimental farms of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) not just to take amazing bird’s-eye-view photos...

Twenty-one scientists from Japan, South Korea, Benin, India, and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) are attending a training program for...

Pests should be critically reassessed and proven guilty before insecticide use is contemplated. This was my conclusion in 1994 with the late Professor...

For thousands of years, the  indigenous tribes of the mountainous Cordillera region in the northern part of Luzon Island in the Philippines placed their...

Farmers in the “texting capital” of the world—the Philippines—will soon have nutrient management advice tailored specifically to their rice crops...

Increasing population and competing demands from agriculture, industry, and urban areas, is quickly turning water into a limited resource. Global water...

Ask someone to think of a rice field and odds are they’ll imagine a flooded paddy. Growing rice in puddled fields works well as long as there’s enough water to do it. But, increasingly, that’s not always the case. As populations increase and the industrial and urban sectors compete with agriculture for water, “aerobic rice” offers a water-saving alternative to...

Since land was first cultivated to create a favorable environment for crops, other less desirable plants have exploited the same land more effectively. Control of weeds has been described as humanity’s biggest single occupation, and while herbicides have greatly reduced the effort needed to control weeds in some farming systems, in others, controlling them requires more...

An irrigated rice field in Laos. (Photo: IRRI) The most intensively cropped experimental site in Asia began four decades ago largely as a demonstration...