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Rice Planting

Posted by pihapair on 20/10/2009 at 13:56

Hi ,
My question is,when does rice planting start or in other words when will we see greening up of the countryside?
Im gueesing April but not sure.
Ta Kev

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Posted by MADMAC on 20/10/2009 at 15:40

Right now is the greening of the countryside. It's very green and has been for about two months. My father in law is about to harvest.

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Posted by somsai on 20/10/2009 at 19:28

You posed the question on the Lao section so I'll answer for the same, I've no idea about where Mac lives in Tland.

There are two basic rice seasons and two types of rice growing methods and also farmers will vary the planting times of all to ensure highest chance of good yields.

There is "wet" rice grown with iirrigation, the paddies you are used to seeing in photos, and mountain rice, grown on the hillsides. People grow two crops of "wet" rice if they have the water and the inclination, often fertilizer is used for the second crop. That second crop is the one that will be begun now in seeding beds protected perhaps by netting or tiny fences, and then transplanted later by hand to a flooded paddy. So yes, you'll see beautiful green mature rice in April. You'll also see the fields that haven't been planted in a second crop dry and with stubble.

I haven't even talked about it but there is that other method, dry rice fields that rely solely on the rain. They are grown on hillsides or any other area away from a water source. The fields are often allowed to lie fallow for years at a time for nutrients to accumulate again then the fields are burnt in late winter or early hot season in preparation for planting when the rains come. Dry land rice usually has the very highest yields per hectare but you need a lot of land so you can allow it to rest during the off years.

Some very lucky countries have 3 crops per year. Indonesia I've heard.

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Posted by pihapair on 21/10/2009 at 03:07

Brilliant advice. Planning our trip now April - May and would like to see a little greenery

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