2011年9月18日日曜日

the rice chronicles part 15- staying upright

We're getting there!


this is a blurry, out of focus picture taken with my phone but I love this one super clump of rice. Why is it so much bigger then the others? Healthy seeds? Extra duck fertiliser? Who knows. I like to think it wanted to see what lay beyond the field and put in that extra spurt just to check it out!


I love the contrast with the neighbour's soba.

And now to today's theme. Keeping your rice upright. We have had so much rain this year. SO much rain late in the season. It's real extremes. I was watering everything in sight a few days ago as even hardy plants like zinnias were wilting and then the next thing you know the rice is falling over because it's so wet. I am not sure why rice falls over other than I think if it gets really big and then they reduce the water in the paddy which they do towards the end of the season and then it rains heaps and/or gets windy it seems a sure thing that rice paddies will start looking a lot less upright.

It often starts quite small:

And then kind of like dominoes it just keeps going and going:


That's the same field at the back. It's the neighbours field. And that's ours in the front. Still upright. The neighbours have been rice farmers for generations. As have many of the people whose rice fell over this year (and I'd say probably 3/4 of the rice around here is at least partly down by now) and we are beginners so I'm not sure what's to thank for our luck. Our rice was planted about two weeks later than most so maybe it's just not our time yet and we'll have pancake rice soon, too...

Hope not!

4 件のコメント:

bastish さんのコメント...

The rice is looking good. How are you planning to harvest?

The first year we were here, most of the all the neighbors' rice fell over. Everyone would talk about how taihen it was and make it sound so dramatic. We were super happy when our rice didn't topple - simply because it was smaller and had fewer grains on the stalk.

Now four years on, I find that the rice falls over EVERY YEAR. and yet everyone acts surprised and talks about how taihen it is, blah lbah blah. You would think they would get used to it by now. I am.

Hope yours survives the typhoon. I just got back from tying our drying tri-pods to a tree in case the river floods. If that happens we will loose the rice this year, but maybe we can spare the tri-pods for next year.

Gina さんのコメント...

Your rice looks gorgeous!

All the rice around here since our town is predominantly rice fields everywhere. It all lays down too. But the fields behind us, they cut them already. But they were laying down for a few weeks before they cut them.

bastish さんのコメント...

Any rice that wasn't laying down before is laying down now here. How did yours take the typhoon?

Last night a neighbor got into a big fight with his wife because he was ordering her to help him harvest rice by hand at just past 8pm. It would have taken them all night, but theirs is the field closest to the river and looked very likely to all get washed away. She called him crazy and he said OK, but if it gets washed away I will not allow any rice in the house this year.

I always wondered when I listen to the news how people could get washed away by the river in a typhoon when they KNOW there is very high flood risk. Now I know.

thefukases さんのコメント...

Well, as of yesterday (didn't get out there today) our rice was still standing and looking good. We have a tentative harvest date to boot (the weekend of the 8th if you feel like returning the favour Kevin? ;P)

I have been hearing here and there that the bad bits about fallen rice is the inability to use the big harvesting machines, extra bird damage as they can just walk all over it eating as they go and the increased risk that the rice could sprout.

It does seem to happen somewhere every year though....

Hope your rice hasn't washed down my way Kevin and I can't find the comment section on your blog anymore??