RE: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Academy of natural farming
- Dear Dieter,
I was checking with some more farmers on these and
here are some comments.. It took some time to come
> Straw and/or other organic residues are sufficientStraw is used mainly as cattle food so farmers won't
> to grow
> all of your food without using anything else as
> provided, that is, you start with a rich and
> healthy soil.
be able to return all the straw back to the field. But
is it required to return all the straw or a % of total
> It is possible to control weeds without ploughingSo it is disturbing to know that no-till is possible
> by a
> system of organic no-till farming, provided, that
> is, your
> climate allows continued coverage of your fields
> by cash
> and/or cover crops throughout the entire growing
> as has been demonstrated by Fukuoka and others.
> So far, I have seen no evidence that natural
> i.e. organic no-till, is possible in the arid or
> regions of the World, were the dry season makes
> continued coverage impossible.
in our regions !!. I checked with a few farmers who
was trying NF inspired by onestraw revolution. In one
area where rain is more (since it is near the forest)
weeds are very strong so they could not avoid
As you had mentioned, in summer season the fields are
left as it is. Towards the end of the summer they
plough the fields so that there is no threat from the
Another major issue was with rodents and birds which
take at least half of the yield. This is was major
issue with one person since his paddy field was an
isolated ones and he has to feed all the rats and
birds in that region.
So it looks like, we have to derive and use fukuoka's
farming methods here.
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