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Re: [fukuoka_farming] A few experiments

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  • Boovarahan Srinivasan
    Nice pics and thanks. ... -- Boovarahan S Chennai. 09962662717 (Vodafone) , 08825889492 (Videocon) [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Message 1 of 4 , Oct 29, 2011
      Nice pics and thanks.

      On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 1:58 PM, Harish Amur <harishamur@...> wrote:

      > **
      >
      >
      > Photos here -
      >
      > https://picasaweb.google.com/102576450887783733401/FarmExperiments?authkey=Gv1sRgCK64pp7_po7_WQ
      >
      > Didn't know that the attachments would be removed! Doesn't happen on some
      > of
      > the other yahoo groups that I subscribe to.
      >
      > Regards,
      > Harish
      >
      > On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 8:30 AM, Boovarahan Srinivasan <offtown@...
      > >wrote:
      >
      >
      > > Pics are not available.
      > > Did u upload them in picasa web ?
      > >
      > > On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 7:56 AM, Harish Amur <harishamur@...>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > > **
      >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > We have done a couple of experiments this year.
      > > >
      > > > 1. Broadcast: We tried making seed balls of bengal gram, mung bean and
      > > > alasande (Cowpea beans Black-eyed beans, Scientific name Vigna
      > > unguiculata,
      > > > Lobia in Hindi , Alasandalu in Telugu, Alasande in Kannada, Chawli in
      > > > Gujarati/Marathi). We weren't too successful. We broadcasted the
      > > partially
      > > > coated seed balls and other seeds (as is) on the field and then cut the
      > > > weeds and grass using a powered grass cutter (Honda). The broadcasting
      > > was
      > > > haphazard. This was done on Oct 14 and I have been able to spot bengal
      > > gram
      > > > plants in this area. We are not venturing too much into this piece of
      > > land
      > > > for obvious reasons.
      > > >
      > > > 2. Manual row sowing: We tried sowing jowar seeds using a sickle. This
      > > was
      > > > very intensive work and we could do a few rows in a day. We then
      > > discarded
      > > > this idea. We broadcasted the jowar seeds in the remaining area.
      > However
      > > > while broadcasting, we tried to maintain certain line order. Of course
      > > this
      > > > piece of land was also prepared using a grass cutter. (pics 609 & 610)
      > > >
      > > > 3. Minimal ploughing using oxen for sowing: Since we were running out
      > of
      > > > time, the rest of the land was minimally ploughed using oxen. This was
      > to
      > > > make rows for manual sowing. (pics 611 & 612)
      > > >
      > > > I am attaching a few photos of these experiments. I shall keep you
      > posted
      > > > on
      > > > the outcome of the experiments. I am still looking for a good cover
      > crop
      > > to
      > > > reduce weed growth and reduce use of powered tools cut grass. I am
      > going
      > > to
      > > > try daincha, sunhemp, mung gram (a local black variety). We were also
      > > told
      > > > by someone that mustard helps in controlling weed. So we have been
      > > > broadcasting mustard all over the field.
      > > >
      > > > As for paddy experiments: We had tilled the land and prepared it, as it
      > > was
      > > > the first time. However we had not weeded. We have partial success. At
      > > some
      > > > places the paddy has grown vigorously, while a portion of the land is
      > > full
      > > > of weeds. (pic 616). We are yet to do a thorough analysis of this
      > result.
      > > > It
      > > > could be bad seeds, change in fertility of the land and weed growth
      > > > affecting paddy growth. We will be able to do the analysis once the
      > paddy
      > > > is
      > > > harvested.
      > > >
      > > > Regards,
      > > > Harish
      > > >
      > > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > --
      > > Boovarahan S
      > > Chennai.
      > > 09962662717 (Vodafone) , 08825889492 (Videocon)
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      Boovarahan S
      Chennai.
      09962662717 (Vodafone) , 08825889492 (Videocon)


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