Earth compressed? Check. Turn water back on again.
Water accumulating? Check!!!!
Hang on.... water is accumulating but it is taking a lot of water to get a very small covering at the far end of the paddy. The paddy seems to still be uneven but with compressed soil it should still be filling to the overflow outlet pipes. Hmmm.... Maybe it's really dry still?
The guy who grows a commercial tomato crop on the field behind our paddy came to have a chat with K.
"Hehehe! You going to plough that rice paddy soon?"
"Hoping to do it tomorrow."
"Hehehe water is flooding my tomatoes!"
"Oh, sorry. Really? We had no idea. I'll go down and turn it off."
"Hehehe no problem. It's normal. You need to plough the field though. Hehehe."
Went down and had another look. Water was indeed pooling in the tomato field. Not being an engineer I couldn't work it out- there is a two plus metre drop down to the field below. And about a two metre wide strip of grass ad dirt between the paddy and said field. With a concrete water culvert in it. How was water getting down to the tomatoes when we couldn't even fill the paddy let alone overfill it????
Something to do with porous dirt again.
So today, in the rain, and going on until it was in the rain in the dark, the tractor operator was out there not ploughing but moving huge amounts of dirt around to try and level things out and compact the soil a bit more. Poor guy but he's the only one who can drive the tractor so there wasn't much we could do to help.
And we are still multiple steps away from even planting our rice babies.
This rice growing business is not for the faint hearted!