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RE: Rice planting

Postby Infidel » Fri 06.09.2006 1:07 am

I live in Chesapeake, we have the Great Dismal Swamp to the south and the city is in the middle of a floodplain so Mosquitios are a big issue here. Of course when I read that your average bat eats hundreds of insects, including mosquitios, a night, I became a big fan of bats.

Thanks for that link kotori :)
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RE: Rice planting

Postby Oyaji » Sat 06.09.2007 2:18 am

As I said in my edit in the original post, today we planted rice. It is hard work, but two days of labor (one day planting and one day harvesting) is a small price for a year's supply of rice.
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RE: Rice planting

Postby Kashin » Sat 06.09.2007 3:34 am

Certainly not the kind of 田舎 that I'm used to! Here on the Front Range it's nothing but corn, wheat, and hay/alfalfa/dairies. I grew up on a farm (for us it was mostly for "fun" though, not so much business) so it's really cool to see what other countries consider "the country."

Those are some awesome pictures, Oyaji. Post some from this year soon!!!

Tell me, is there a problem with vipers in Japan? I know paddies in India or the like can be big hunting grounds for cobras. Do the deer (if any) or birds pose any threats to the crop?
What good is a farmer who tills the soil, but forgets the seed?

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RE: Rice planting

Postby Infidel » Sat 06.09.2007 4:34 am

Wow, bringing back a thread almost exactly 1 year old. You were 1 hour and 11 minutes too late .....

It was nice seeing that spider again.
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RE: Rice planting

Postby coco » Sat 06.09.2007 5:52 am

Oyajiさん
お疲れさまです。
このスレッドは私の大好きなスレッドです。
おっしゃる通り、田植えの写真が新しいメンバーの方の目に触れるのは素晴らしいことです。
古くても価値あるスレッドは、長く続いてほしいと思っています。
このスレッドも是非とも毎年更新を。 :)

明日は腰痛? :p
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RE: Rice planting

Postby Infidel » Sat 06.09.2007 6:25 am

I just want to echo Coco. I didn't mean to imply that bringing this thread was bad. I was just amused that it was resurrected one year later, nearly to the hour.

By all means, bring it back every year. It's a good thread.
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RE: Rice planting

Postby tanuki » Sat 06.09.2007 7:06 am

Aww I'd never seen a frog that cute! :)

And if I saw a spider like that in my patio I'd crap my pants. :|
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RE: Rice planting

Postby lalaith » Sat 06.09.2007 2:48 pm

I've always wondered, how is it the tractors don't get bogged down in all that mud and the engines stalled by the water? I'm only familiar with farming on dry land, so I'm curious how rice farming is done. And how big are your family's fields? (My grandfather's fields were more like tiny plots of land. Here in the US people out in the country literally have vegetable gardens bigger than some of my grandfather's plots. Yes, my grandfather was a farmer.)
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RE: Rice planting

Postby zengargoyle » Sat 06.09.2007 4:20 pm

man, farming is cool. back in Virginia my grandfathers entire back yard was a farm, full of Corn, Tomatoes, Beans, Lettuce, Okra, and all those other vegetables common to the South.... and the extended clan had some more farm area out in the boonies for Corn and Beans. every year was the same, chop down the old stuff, let it decompose a bit, run the roto-tiller over it, then in the spring break out the plow. hand plant a bunch of stuff, help it grow over the summer, spend weeks in the fall harvesting and canning. i don't think we ever bought vegetables from the grocery store.... always had plenty canned from last year. add on top a bought pig/cow or two hacked into little pieces on the countertop and frozen, we rarely shopped for food stuff.

sadly, my mother didn't take after her parents... and now the garden is just a grass filled back yard. and all of the farming knowledge has left the building. :( i still want to one day have enough land in the right climate to do a bit of farming... really good food.

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RE: Rice planting

Postby ss » Sat 06.09.2007 11:54 pm

Oyaji-san wrote:
As I said in my edit in the original post, today we planted rice. It is hard work, but two days of labor (one day planting and one day harvesting) is a small price for a year's supply of rice.


I have no real experiences of planting rice, but I can imagine how tedious it can be. Planting rice reminds me of a children's song

<PLANTING RICE>
Planting rice is never fun.
Bent from morn til the set of sun.
Cannot stand and cannot sit.
Cannot rest for a little bit.

and also a poem written by 李绅

唐詩300首<憫農>
锄禾日當午
汗滴禾下土
誰知盤中餐
粒粒皆辛苦

I can't find those in Japanese version. (>.<)''
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RE: Rice planting

Postby two_heads_talking » Mon 06.11.2007 1:44 pm

Oyaji, would you care to show us some pics of the actual planting and harvesting process? I know alot of people would be interested in that.

Like, do you use machines or is it all hand planted/harvested. etc.

Also, what do you do with it after harvest?
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