How is rice grown?

In paddy fields throughout Southeast Asia and in subtropical climates. A paddy field is a muddy field into which the rice is planted. The field is kept shallowly flooded as the rice grows and ripens by means of an irrigation system. The field is dried for harvest. It can also be grown in areas that are hot and dry as long as the rice paddy gets water everyday.

Because rice cultivation is labor-intensive and water-intensive, it is mostly grown in regions with high rainfall and low labor costs. Rice is typically grown in flooded fields, which deters weeds and rodents.