Step 4: Plant The Rice
After the seeds have matured enough in the box you need to plant each rice seedling individually in the field. You can choose how close or far apart you want to place your rice. After each planting session, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin tells you how your spacing is, so you’ll get a feel for it after a bit. You’ll also unlock a farming skill ‘Planting Instincts’ later on which is highly useful in indicating where on the field to plant. Once the stalks are all planted, you’re going to need to monitor the water levels and fertilize them.
Weeds grow regularly if you’re not using a certain amount of pesticides, so you’ll want to check your field for weeds and pull them every morning, as they’ll damage your crop otherwise.
Step 5: Manage Water Levels
Use the waterways to control the amount and temperature of the rice field. The better the water management, taking into account the weather, the better the growth rate of the rice. If you want to maintain your water level when it’s raining simply reduce the amount of water in the field. And if it’s very sunny be sure to increase the amount of water to account for evaporation loss.
Rice stalks go through multiple phases, which is the offshoot and sprouting stages. When the plants are short, you’ll want to raise the water gate and let in water that come up to Sakuna’s ankle (20%). You can tell this easily due to the garments she wears on her calves. For offshoots, when they’re growing a little have the water rise to the bottom of her calves and you should be good to go. In the third offshoot stage drain the field (0%) until the rice sprouts. At this stage, they’ll need more water again. Raise it up to the top of the garment for these (30%).
Step 6: Fertilize
Fertilizer can be made up of a few components the first being of course manure then there’s leaves, beast hooves etc. Make sure you scoop up manure from behind the house every day and put it into the fertilizer pit. Depending on the contents in the fertilizer pit, you’ll either be making leaf, root or kernel fertilizer. Ideally, for offshoots, you want leaf fertilizer, and for sprouts the kernel fertilizer. Just use five of a fertilizer type to get 100% fertilizer type.
You can then add additional components into the fertilizer. Rotten food is the most plentiful and is a good choice, although it increases the number of pests you’ll have to contend with. You can add salt to your fertilizer to help contend with this too but that will need to be balanced with spring water to reduce the toxicity.
Fertilizer takes several hours to age and you should only spread it in the morning. If you’re stuck for time use ‘Powder of Transformation’ to get it immediately. Fertilizer only lasts for ten hours, and you can put it on your field even before you start planting. Once the rice is planted however you’ll want the rice to absorb its nutrients while the sun is out. If you’re watering crops correctly and applying fertilizer every day, you can have the crop be done growing by the end of Summer.
Step 7: Harvest & Dry
Finally, after all that hard work when your rice has grown you can reap it with a sickle. Once you’ve done this, you’ll have piles of cut stalks to lay on drying racks. Make sure to drain any water before you leave the stalks to dry, as leaving them in a wet field will leave them soaked. It rains often in Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, so talk to the samurai dude standing in front of the storehouse to get the weather forecast. If it’s about to rain the next day, offer an amber tribute and stop the rain so that the stalks can dry unimpeded. Make sure that, no matter what, you move the stalks into the storehouse before winter, as you’ll pay dearly if you forget.
Step 8: Thresh & Hull
One of the most tedious parts of the harvest in Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is hulling. You’ll thresh the stalks, which just needs to be done and has no bearing on quality, and then decide how much you want to hull them. The more you hull the rice, the whiter it becomes. White rice is more valuable for trading and results in larger stat gains. The less you hull it, the browner is. Brown rice gives you better food bonuses when you eat it, as the buffs it grants are much higher.
Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin involves a lot of management that can be a bit tedious to handle when you want to go epxloring. So make sure to use the people and animals around you to help.
In the game you can outsource some of the farm work such as plowing the rice field and planting the rice to some of the people in the vilalge. Just note that since the quality of the work will be lower, the quality and yield will also be lower. I mean we’re not all harvest goddesses after all.
Secondly, you can also bring in some animals to help you on the farm. Cows can help plough the field and ducks can eat the harmful insects in the rice. Note that you can only use the ducks during the growing stage, once the rice has sprouted the ducks will try to eat the rice so remember to lock them back up by then.