Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Rice farming - First Season - 2019

Received couple of good rains, broadcasted around 7 Kgs of cowpea and blackgram seeds. This time couldn't get sunhemp seeds. Plan is to grow this cowpea for 6 weeks and then plough and add to soil and start rice cultivation. Cowpea and blackgram was over taken by weeds, what can grow with weeds for green manuring is just sunhemp, has to go for it next time. Sunhemp seeds are hard to get, has to check at Pollachi.

Palani was employed to clear the boundaries and cut the shaded trees, work was not completed, so extended for tomorrow. Finally he didn't turn up and I completed it.


Rain was not very strong hence pumped water from well for 3 hours and puddled using cage wheel. There was not enough water for the small field next to this, first time leaving that because of lack of water.


Same Kunjukunju seed is used this time also. At home all love its taste and now a days, we just mill it directly without boiling it. Soaked the seeds in water for 24 hours and then kept in jute sack for 12 hours and seed gets germinating. Sivettan (helper) suggested to use some cowdung while soaking the seeds and it was done.


Water stagnated in some parts, some mud had to be piled up which was missed this time


Finally when the field was made dry, young seedlings came up, now it looks reasonable. 

I put some more seeds, this was done by ladies, they piled up the soil and put the seeds and above that news paper was spread, it was removed on 2nd day.

Transplanting completed on July 12th. This time, totally 9 labour was used.

One weeding was done...and applied 20 kotta of cow dung mixing with water.


Flowering completed...there was lack of water since motor was in repair...can see some weeds growing, may affect my next growing plan

Since there is water shortage 2nd crop is not possible after this harvest. So planning to try no-till this time,got around 12Kgs of Jyothi seeds with duration of 120 days. They say, this is taller variety of Jyothi, put it for soaking, will sow it in 2 days time. Right now the ground is relatively clean, but since motor wasn't working,there wasn't water for 1 week and hence there are some weed growth under.


Kept the seeds soaked in water for 24 hours and kept in the jute sack for 2 days..still couldn't seen all the seeds germinated...

My farm helper Palani broadcasting the seeds..


started turning yellow...another 1 week for harvest


Harvesting completed..this time it took 2 days..Total laborers used - 10 women laborers (2 days) 1 men...Rains were there in the evenings, but till 3 PM there was sun. Got around 53 para. Germinated seeds sown before didn't come up uniformly.

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