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Ray's Thai Tours #8

Son, Ben, is always keen to try new things, so Na and her sister took him to our Rice Farm and gave instruction in rice planting...Toby [pit bull] was on hand to supervise the event.

 

Our rice is usually planted using the seed hand-broadcast method. Sometimes, though, there are gaps in the rice crop if it has rained too much too early and the sprouting seeds drown. When this happens, healthy plants are taken from a patch that is well established, and transplanted in the gap.

 

Here, plants are being torn up from the field, and will be used to re-plant the gaps...rice plants seem to be untroubled by this rough treatment.

 

Rice Planting

Ray's Thai Tours #8

Son, Ben, is always keen to try new things, so Na and her sister took him to our Rice Farm and gave instruction in rice planting...Toby [pit bull] was on hand to supervise the event.

 

Our rice is usually planted using the seed hand-broadcast method. Sometimes, though, there are gaps in the rice crop if it has rained too much too early and the sprouting seeds drown. When this happens, healthy plants are taken from a patch that is well established, and transplanted in the gap.

 

Here, plants are being torn up from the field, and will be used to re-plant the gaps...rice plants seem to be untroubled by this rough treatment.

 

Rice Planting

comments (16)

I just find it fantastic that Ben got out there in his orange waders to learn and help!
Ray: Ben has a healthy curiosity about all things, Elizabeth, and a bias towards helpfulness.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 15 Aug 2017, 06:42
Is Ben following in his dad's footsteps Ray?
Ray: Ben makes his own path, Chris...emphatically!
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 15 Aug 2017, 06:48
It looks as if quite a lot of root comes up even with rough treatment, Ray
Ray: Yes...most of the root comes up, with a ball of earth...the plant is then swung against the boot to remove the earth [to make the hank of plants less heavy...becomes important after several hours bent over when engaged in replanting, Lisl.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 15 Aug 2017, 07:04
Je plains les gens qui plantent le riz, c'est un travail pénible.
Ray: C'est un travail chaud, et dur à l'arrière, Martine.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Aug 2017, 07:34
A good inside into life on your estate. Ben, I sure, will be successor to Lord of the Manor at some point.
Ray: I doubt it is in Ben's plan to live in Thailand, Alan...he and Naomi have just acquired a great piece of land in Australia, with 80metres of absolute river frontage where they can watch platypus at play.
Most informative, though the waders dispell the myth of mud between the toes in the paddy field. Perhaps I have been influenced by old movies
Ray: Most workers now wear waders, Martin, and don't seem to be at all nostalgic about the lost pleasure of mud between the toes.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 15 Aug 2017, 08:39
I the blue neck things to protect from insects?
Ray: The blue things are tShirts, Chad...Thais have clever ways of using them to protect against sunburn, mosquitoes, and all manner of undesirables.
Son Ben clearly looks at home here Ray
Ray: He likes to visit, and likes to participate, Bill.
Une belle experience surement !
Un travail bien difficile malgre tout
Bonne journée
Ray: C'est un travail dur et chaud, Claudine, mais il est bon d'essayer de le faire car il donne une meilleure appréciation du travail des autres.
I can see that with the moist environment, transplanting would work well as the usual reason for transplants failing is lack of watering.
Ray: It is a very simple process, Mary...take a plant, place it roots down into water, push it into the mud about 5 cm with thumb.

It is a good thing it is simple, as you get to repeat the performance several thousand times in a day.
So Ben had to earn his board and lodging then Ray.
Ray: Ha Ha

No free lunches at Ray's, Brian!
An interesting commentary to go along with the interesting shots!
Ray: Thank you, Tom. I am enjoying learning about rice growing.
An interesting commentary to go along with the interesting shots!
Rice plants are tough, apparently...
Ray: Rice plants are survivors, Larry.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Aug 2017, 04:44
I got my education here. This looks like a tough job but in the end rewarding with lots of rice. Is rice a one-year plant or does one plant have several crops?
i completely understand his hands-on approach, Ray. in terms of really knowing the process, it is second to none.

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