If planted in fields or impoundments, rice should be drilled into a well-prepared seed bed no more than an inch deep. Not only do ducks love rice: These types of fields can be flooded immediately after germination, preventing any terrestrial weed competition. Fields should be flooded to around 12 inches for the best results.
Luckily, rice can be grown in wet places, including inundated areas. Yes, rice can be water-seeded into flooded beaver ponds and fields with shallow water. While not preferred, rice can be prepared and broadcast across open water, but the water must be clear, less than 12 inches deep and must come into direct contact with the soil. Rice seed must be soaked for 24 hours, drained, and then placed in a burlap sack and allowed to rest for another 24 hours in a warm place. Seeding rates should be increased to 60 to 80 pounds per acre for water seeding.
Rice can also be planted on pond edges, shorelines and within the upper limits of beaver ponds.