Organic carnaroli stands out compared to typical Carnaroli Classico because the crop is grown using natural methods:
– “Autumn-winter planting” of resistant crops, like mustard, which inhibit the growth of certain weeds, gives the rice plant a chance to grow.
– With “false planting” the rice fields are given no more than 1-2 cm of water, enough to encourage weeds to grow. After 25-30 days the rice field is dried out and harrowed, removing and burying the weeds.
– “Dry planting” is done by lightly ploughing between rows once the plants have produced the second or third leaf and then immediately flooding the rice field with an abundant layer of water. This technique results in an excellent organic production and significantly reduces the amount of irrigation water utilized, making its use unnecessary for at least the first 30-40 days of cultivation.
–“Green mulch”, which takes advantage of the lawn mix that makes up the autumn-winter grasses (not chopped but left in the field) to create, through the use of a roller that lays and crushes the grass on the ground, a real natural cover. Above it is then put water and sown rice, which will have much more light and space to grow. The seeds of weeds, on the contrary, being below the green mantle in a hostile environment, will hardly be able to germinate. The purpose of this technique is to prevent/delay the birth of weeds, giving way to the rice to grow earlier, thus overhanging the herbs that have managed to germinate. The green mass, therefore, essentially exploits the same principle of mulching with plastic towels, but with exclusively organic and natural materials. Despite being in the process of fine-tuning, this technique has already yielded interesting and tangible results and would allow to completely avoid any artificial technique.