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Re: [fukuoka_farming] Interview of Fukuoka - digging again cover crop topic

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  • Nandan Palaparambil
    Raju sir, Thanks for the info. It looks like this is the clover for wam climates, but one disadvantage compared to white clover is it doesn t reseed
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      Raju sir,

      Thanks for the info. It looks like this is the clover for wam climates, but one disadvantage compared to white clover is it doesn't reseed themselves. So keepin it in pending list..

      Here is some information sent by Ramesh from Hyderabad..So it looks like Fukuoka san himself has suggested some alternatives like - other varieties of clover, alfalfa, vetch or lupine..If anyone has experience with these, please get back.

      In the
      Chapter  "Farming Among the Weeds" of One straw revolution, he has suggested for alternative for white clover as mentioned as:
      This way of farming has evolved according to the natural conditions of the
      Japanese islands, but I feel that natural farming could also be applied
      in other areas and to the raising of other indigenous crops. In areas
      where water is not so readily available, for example, upland rice or other grains such as buck- wheat, sorghum or millet might he
      grown. Instead of white clover, another variety of clover, alfalfa,
      vetch or lupine might prove a more suitable field cover. Natural farming takes a distinctive form in accordance with the unique conditions of
      the area in which it is



      From: Raju Titus <rajuktitus@...>
      To: fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2011 8:57 AM
      Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Interview of Fukuoka - digging again cover crop topic

      Dear Nandan,
      Generally meaning of clover is plant having three leaves. Partapji was
      using "Berseem"-http://informedfarmers.com/berseem-clover/
      for fodder,seeds and fixing nitrogen. Partapji was growing rice by
      traditional method in rainy season and winter they grow Berseem by direct
      seeding without tilling for fodder and seeds. Berseem is locally available
      many farmer growing for fodder in winter.
      On Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 7:47 PM, Nandan <p_k_nandanan@...> wrote:

      > **
      > Hi All,
      > I am just putting back interview of Fukuoka san again for the cover crop
      > discussion...Please see the complete interview in the page below..
      > As shown below, Fukuoka san was suggesting to use white clover in
      > different climates. I think Partap Agarwal used white clover and he has
      > mentioned that it germinates well if soil is wet and weather cool...Any one
      > tried out while clover?
      > http://www.motherearthnews.com/Nature-Community/1982-07-01/Masanobu-Fukuoka.aspx?page=11
      > PLOWBOY: But wouldn't your methods have to be adapted to fit local growing
      > conditions in this country?
      > FUKUOKA: It's true that each place is somewhat different. Here in
      > Massachusetts we are very far from the Pacific Ocean and even farther from
      > my home on the island of Shikoku . . . so it may seem as if the experience
      > and knowledge that I've accumulated would not be applicable here. However,
      > the research I did on that little farm eventually led me to a practical and
      > tested method of crop rotation. So I would suggest that beginners at least
      > start with the techniques I've already worked out, no matter where they
      > live . . . even here on the Atlantic coast.
      > A person who does that will probably have some problems during the first
      > year, and the results may not be exactly the same as mine. But it should
      > then be obvious to that grower why things didn't work out. Maybe a certain
      > crop was planted too late, or perhaps the wrong variety was used for that
      > climate and soil. By the second year of understanding and practicing my
      > principles, a person should see clearly what needs to be done on his or her
      > own land. I tell everyone who wants to try natural farming to take the
      > benefit of my study and research and use it as it is . . . that is the
      > smart way to begin. If you immediately go off on your own and begin looking
      > for the true "nature" of your area, it'll take you 20 or 30 years to find
      > it, just as it took me years to do so in Japan. Instead, your first step in
      > any attempt at natural farming should be to throw away your preconceptions
      > . . . then you can learn by simply doing!
      > PLOWBOY: Are you telling us to abandon all logical reasoning?
      > FUKUOKA: Yes!
      > PLOWBOY: But Mr. Fukuoka, you did a lot of experimenting and research
      > yourself in the process of developing the concept of natural farming. You
      > used reason . . . and now you're telling us to discard it all?
      > FUKUOKA: Exactly! Throw away your own ideas for a moment and let the
      > results of my experiments be the seed of some new ideas and ways of
      > thinking. Many people might be tempted to think, "Hmm . . . my climate is
      > totally unlike his, so rather than use white clover, I'll try this other
      > ground cover." That line of reasoning could well take you off the track and
      > lead you down a lot of blind alleys! Clover is necessary to keep the weeds
      > back and to replenish the soil.
      > Regards,
      > Nandan
      > www.farming-experiments.blogspot.com


      Raju Titus. Hoshangabad. 461001.India.
      fukuoka_farming yahoogroup

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