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photoblog image The Rice Harvest #4

The Rice Harvest #4

The 4wd tractor is used to transport the filled bags of rice from the field to the waiting pick-up truck. The tractor has a hydraulic powered carry platform [aka carryall] on the back, which can be raised or lowered to make the task of loading and unloading less difficult.

 

Trucks of all sizes are used for then carrying the harvested rice to either the drying ground or to the rice store. Harvested rice requires about one day of sun-drying before it is in fit state to be stored, otherwise there is a danger that it will mold and spoil.

Rice harvest

The Rice Harvest #4

The 4wd tractor is used to transport the filled bags of rice from the field to the waiting pick-up truck. The tractor has a hydraulic powered carry platform [aka carryall] on the back, which can be raised or lowered to make the task of loading and unloading less difficult.

 

Trucks of all sizes are used for then carrying the harvested rice to either the drying ground or to the rice store. Harvested rice requires about one day of sun-drying before it is in fit state to be stored, otherwise there is a danger that it will mold and spoil.

Rice harvest

comments (13)

Nice work... all around!

Leicester City??? smile
Ray: Thai folks are very keen on English Premier League soccer, Elizabeth. In the recent past at least one club was owned by a Thai person.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 7 Dec 2017, 05:41
Do you sell the rice or eat it yourselves later in the year?
Ray: We keep and then consume almost 50% of our crop, Chris...some is kept for next year's seed...the rest is sold and the funds used to pay the costs of growing the rice.
Merci Ray pour toutes ces explications ..un travail très precis ..
Bonne journée
Ray: Notre équipe récolte le riz pour environ 30 fermiers autour de notre village, Claudine, donc nous devons être bien organisés et prudents.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 7 Dec 2017, 06:20
So the rice has to be tipped out of the bags again, Ray?
Ray: It has to be handled quite a lot during the drying, Lisl...the bags are transported to the drying ground...the rice is tipped out onto drying cloth spread on concrete or tarmac, and raked over every couple of hours...after several hours it is rebagged, then carried to the rice bunker, where it is tipped out and stored loose.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 7 Dec 2017, 06:29
Ha ha a foxes fan. You would not want all that rice going mouldy after all that work Ray.
Ray: Ruined rice could be a life-threatening disaster for some families, Chad...this subsistence farming is a quite precarious lifestyle.
There must be these little Kubota tractors in practically every country in the world Ray
Ray: Kubota is a very successful manufacturer of farm machinery, Bill.
I like the Leicester City badge!!
Ray: MU, MC, Liverpool, Arsenal and LC are all well-liked in Thailand.
I also see a plug for Leicester City... smile
Ray: Thai folks like their football, Larry.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Dec 2017, 09:16
I guess to many people, the success of the rice crop can make a whole difference to their year. getting the 100kg bags from the harvester to the carryall can't be an easy matter.

I don't think that we have any equivalent on the UK for a cake harvest...
Ray: In fact, as rice is the staple food, a failed crop could be a comprehensive, life-threatening disaster, Alan.

There are tricks to moving 100kg bags of rice around, but they are still heavy.

In England the cake crop is harvested in dingy, hot workshops by poorly paid Eastern European labourers who don't have a great deal to celebrate...post Brexit, when these folks have been sent home, I expect the cake harvest will fail chronically!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Dec 2017, 09:16
...looks like the truck is operated by football hooligans...
Ray: Absolutely correct, Alan!
I am wondering what is growing behind the rice. Is it a crop of some kind? Nice to have the roof on the tractor.
Ray: The crop at the back is sugar cane, Mary. Quite a few farmers have switched part of their farm to sugar.

The roof is a simple plastic molding, attached to the tractor's safety roll-cage.
You would be very popular round my way, Leicester is only 20 minutes from us and everybody follows The Foxes (Leicester City).
Ray: LC is one of about six English Premier League football teams that are followed enthusiastically in Thailand, Brian.
With bags that size you certainly need something to help!
Ray: Crazy, isn't it, to have such big bags, when the average Thai adult weighs barely half that.

I suppose it is significant that a full bag weighs 1/10th of a ton.

If you buy replacement seed rice from a producer, then it comes in 25kg bags.

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