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Transplanting is primarily done for good weed control. Planting seedlings gives the crop a 14- to 21-day growth advantage over the weeds, and allows continuous flooding at greater depths. If planted in rows, hand weeding, or the use of mechanical weeders makes control easier. Direct seeded fields have more weeds, with the weed pressure generally being: Dry direct seeding > Wet direct seeding > Transplanting.

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Transplanted crops tend to have fewer weeds and less yield loss than direct seeded crops.

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