Re: [fukuoka_farming] Updates
- I do agree !
Growth of grass surpasses that of paddy and in the initial stages we have to
weed out, but this is to ensure enough sunlight available to paddy . But
farmers don't consider this but they think the nutrients available to paddy
are consumed by weeds . In NF we consider that plants get most of the needs
from sunlight and water vapour whereas the general opinion of the farmers is
that plants get their needs mostly from soil and water .
I have also witnessed the enormous growth of grass dwarfing paddy . So long
as we don't provide enough vegetative cover to arrest the growth of grass ,
this will be a perennial problem.
My point is how farmers view weeds and how we NFs differ from them.
On Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 9:44 PM, Nandan Palaparambil
> My observation contradicts this..when there are strong weeds around, growth
> of plants is less and also for rice, weeds blocks sunlights also and they
> don't grow at all. My thinking was that after weeding once and if rice is
> given an upper hand, then things should be OK. But to my surprise weeds
> again had grown faster than rice and completely surrounded them. In some
> area, I kept on weeding and after some time, when the rice plant had reached
> sufficient height, it was fine. So for reasonable yield, we should replace
> weeds with legume cover crops and also our crop should crowd out weeds.
> This may be different for sugar cane since they grow tall
> Boovarahan S
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