Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Rice growing in Northern Thailand

Northern Thailand farmers will wait for the first rains before ploughing their paddies. Rainy season begins in mid year when the monsoon rains begin. The paddies are plowed either in the traditional manner with a plow and water buffalo, or with a mechanical plow. Then seedlings are planted in the prepared wet soil.

The rice then grows through the rainy season. The seedlings grow until the paddies appear a dense mat of bright green. At the end of rainy season the intense Thailand summer heat dries the paddies fields and the rice plants turn to deep golden yellow,  and the rice is ready for harvest.

The rice is then harvested from November through to January. This is usually done by hand using a sharp sickle.  The cut rice stalks are then threshed to remove the rice grains.

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