Steps in using PalayCheck
1. Manage the rice crop using the Key Checks.
PalayCheck develops a package of techno-logy recommendations. Emphasize to the farmers that the Key Checks are the most important recommendations to achieve high yield and these require particular attention. Each principal area of crop management can have one or more Key Checks. Each Key Check is expressed in a structured way. Therefore, each Key Check has the following:
2. Observe, measure, and record crop growth and management performance.
Encourage and guide farmers in observing the rice crop regularly and taking a close look at it by walking through the plots, and not observing from afar.
When walking through the plots, show them how to measure crop growth and management performance. Use a ruler, count, or weigh. Do not guess.
Record the measurements. Recording is an important part of using PalayCheck to ensure that the information is available for later use. Use the forms provided to you or a field notebook. Do not rely on your memory; write down notes.
Guide farmers in interpreting and analyzing the relationships among management practices, measurements, and yield results to identify those areas that may have limited yield and can be improved upon. Ask them how they achieved their yield.
Help farmers improve their crop management to overcome poor results, or repeat management that resulted in good yields. Learn from your experiences. BOX 2