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More Than You Wanted To Know About Rice and How It's Grown
First the edges of the rice field are smoothed over using a special smoothing over machine.
Then the rice field is flooded. There is an exact size to the field, but I don't know what it is yet.
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.
While they are being flooded and the waters are soaking in, the rice seedlings are grown in a greenhouse.
Closer view of said seedlings. Looks like grass at this stage.
Then the grass looking seedlings are planted by a big tractor equally spaced and just above the water.
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.
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 above shot was taken early July, after a few days of rain.
This shot was taken just before a 3-day long rain around July 8th, 2006.
The same area after the 3-day long rain shows considerable growth.
Late July 2006.
Same as above, just another view.
Close to full length. This shot was taken on August 25th, 2006.
Another shot showing the growth.
A closer view of the rice grain.
Approaching Harvest Time:
By late September, the colors are growing lighter and it's almost time to harvest.
Sometimes alien ships land and crush parts of the rice field.
The actual rice part is closer to full bloom.
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.
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