Plowing Rice, Indonesia

Plowing rice, Postcard by Barong Postcard, Photo by Pitoyo S, Code BR-593, Indonesia, Postdated 08 Augustus 2016.

Plowing rice, Postcard by Barong Postcard, Photo by Pitoyo S, Code BR-593, Indonesia, Postdated 08 Augustus 2016.

One of the preparation process before planting rice are plowing the field. As part of land preparation, these process can do manually with help of animal like Ox or cow, and modern ways using tractors machine.

Land preparation is important to ensure that the rice field is ready for planting. A well-prepared field controls weeds, recycles plant nutrients, and provides a soft soil mass for transplanting and a suitable soil surface for direct seeding.

Land preparation covers a wide range of practices from zero-tillage or minimum tillage which minimizes soil disturbance through to a totally ‘puddled’ soil which actually destroys soil structure.

It typically involves (1) plowing to “till” or dig-up, mix, and overturn the soil; (2) harrowing to break the soil clods into smaller mass and incorporate plant residue, and (3) leveling the field.

Initial land preparation begins after your last harvest or during fallow period. This is important for effective weed control and for enriching the soil. Generally, it will take 3−4 weeks to prepare the field before planting

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