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  • Nandan Palaparambil
    Jul 2, 2013
      Hi Ruthie,

      I just checked the chapter 'Look at this grain' and it describes, '

      "The winter grain will be cut around 20th of May. About 2 weeks before the crop has fully matured, I broadcast rice seed over rye and barley. After the winter grain has been harvested and the grains threshed, I spread the rye and barley straw over the field"

      By the time, the rye and barley straw is spread, the rice would have already germinated. I think, the same happens with rice. So clearly it is not that the straw is decomposed, before the seeds germinate. Also in farming, it is difficult to make such conditions, since if there is sufficient moisture seeds will start germinating, whether straw is decomposed or not and if there is heavy straw on the top, they won't come out.



      From: Ruthie Aquino <ruthieaquino1@...>
      To: fukuoka farming <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 3:36 AM
      Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Handling mulch

      Greetings Nandan,
      To answer your question I am guessing it is because the straw has enough
      time to rot a little before the seedlings are ready to sprout...
      Fukuoka threw the seedballs for the next crop just before harvesting his
      grain and putting back the straw. In my little experimental natural plot I
      noticed the seedballs I threw did not necessarily sprout when I expected
      them to, but skipped one planting season.
      I suppose Fukuoka showed a field at cruising speed already, and not a
      newly-created one like you and I and some other members here have.
      When I was little we were constantly reminded by our teachers, "If at first
      you don't succeed try and try again".
      Happy farming to all.


      2013/7/1 Nandan <p_k_nandanan@...>

      > **
      > Hi,
      > Recently I am finding that some times, the mulch at the surface becomes
      > too thick and planting through it is difficult. If the mulch is too thick,
      > seeds does not push through it and number of plants per unit area becomes
      > small and it becomes a problem in uniformly establishing the crop.
      > Today I was cutting one area of the farm where I had grown cowpea in the
      > summer and now cowpea and grass are growing, after the rains. I wanted to
      > grow sunhemp and take up some grain crops in the next season, so I cut that
      > area using scythe. My scythe cutting is not perfect so it takes more time.
      > After cutting I found that mulch is too much and there is no way, sunhemp
      > seeds will come through it. So finally I moved most of the mulch to one
      > side and then put sunhemp seeds, still there was enough mulch to cover the
      > seeds.
      > I am wondering, how Fukuoka san could return all the straw back to the
      > field without affecting the germination of wheat/barley?
      > Regards,
      > Nandan


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