13720Re: [fukuoka_farming] Rice farming - some updates
- Jul 30, 2012Hi,
Looks quite good, actually.
2012/7/30 Nandan <p_k_nandanan@...>
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> Hi All,
> This is an update from my rice farming for this season..
> After a number of failures, I tilled the land in an effort to control the
> weeds in the initial stages. My thinking was that rice will establish first
> and hence there won't be much an issue with weeds.After tilling I put 2
> seeds using sickle, but later stages increased to 5 seeds. The places where
> I had put 2 seeds, some didn't germinate and hence there is a big gap
> between plants and hence crowding out weeds didn't happen effectively and
> weeds spread. Also since time management was not proper, weeding got
> delayed and weeds grew much stronger and some places completely overtook
> rice plants.
> Here are some photos...
> Some thoughts..
> 1. Tilling alone won't control the weeds,so mulching, and cover crop is a
> must. If I had put horse gram or some such cover crop, weed control would
> have been better
> 2. Weeding if needed, should be done at early stages, later stages
> controlling weeds is difficult
> 3. At one place in the field, subabul saplings are growing, and these
> plants grow very thick so no other weeds are seen. One or two photos shows
> this, but using subabul as a cover crop is not easy for rice??
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