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More Than You Wanted To Know About Rice and How It's Grown

 

The process of growing rice in Japan, a detailed photo view of each step.

First the edges of the rice field are smoothed over using a special smoothing over machine.

The process of growing rice in Japan, a detailed photo view of each step.

Then the rice field is flooded. There is an exact size to the field, but I don't know what it is yet.

The process of growing rice in Japan, a detailed photo view of each step.

The water depth of the rice fields are automatically controlled by drainage systems.

These also work in reverse when there is not enough water in the field.

 The process of growing rice in Japan, a detailed photo view of each step.

While they are being flooded and the waters are soaking in, the rice seedlings are grown in a  greenhouse.

The process of growing rice in Japan, a detailed photo view of each step.

Closer view of said seedlings. Looks like grass at this stage.

The process of growing rice in Japan, a detailed photo view of each step.

Then the grass looking seedlings are planted by a big tractor equally spaced and just above the water.

The process of growing rice in Japan, a detailed photo view of each step.

The rows are straight and even, more or less. This is just after the seedlings were planted.

This and the above shot were taken in mid May of 2006.

The process of growing rice in Japan, a detailed photo view of each step.

During the June-July rainy season the rice grows slowly, but then quickly following days of rain and sun.

The above shot was taken late May 2006.

The process of growing rice in Japan, a detailed photo view of each step.

The above shot was taken early July, after a few days of rain.

The process of growing rice in Japan, a detailed photo view of each step.

This shot was taken just before a 3-day long rain around July 8th, 2006.

Growing Rice, how rice comes from grass like plants.

The same area after the 3-day long rain shows considerable growth.

The process of growing rice in Japan, a detailed photo view of each step.

Late July 2006.

The process of growing rice in Japan, a detailed photo view of each step.

Same as above, just another view.

The process of growing rice in Japan, a detailed photo view of each step.

Close to full length. This shot was taken on August 25th, 2006.

The process of growing rice in Japan, a detailed photo view of each step.

Another shot showing the growth.

The process of growing rice in Japan, a detailed photo view of each step.

A closer view of the rice grain.

 

Approaching Harvest Time:

The process of growing rice in Japan, a detailed photo view of each step.

By late September, the colors are growing lighter and it's almost time to harvest.

Proof an alien ship landed in a rice field in Japan

Sometimes alien ships land and crush parts of the rice field.

Close up of Japanese rice still on the plant

The actual rice part is closer to full bloom.

The process of growing rice in Japan, a detailed photo view of each step.

If you can see the shiny ribbon stretched around, that's to keep the crows away. Apparently they hate it.

I'll get a better shot later, but this is a harvesting machine.

The other way is to manually cut bunches and hang them to dry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan McDonald 2005, for information about using images or text please click here.