US Rice Paddy Harvest Time

Rice has been a huge part of my upbringing, even though we don’t eat a lot of sticky rice, mainly because my dad is part Chinese, but we do eat white rice as long as I could remember, and sticky rice on special occasions. Somehow, I have a feeling that they would harvest the rice paddy today; I could tell when I drove passed the rice paddy yesterday evening, so I brought my camera with me today. I walked down the hill during my lunch break, and to my surprised, it’s harvest time. This is such a pretty sight, when I got there, I must have had a big smile on my face, and I was greeted with this welcoming smile.

It’s hot and sunny today, must be closed to 95-F, but she looks very happy, obviously a very good year for them this year, and a plus that the price of rice is so high, and these new rice will definitely be a treat for the whole family.

As for cropping and farming systems in Laos, according to wikipedia, most farmers employ one of two cultivation systems: either the wet-field paddy system, practiced primarily in the plains and valleys, or the swidden cultivation system, practiced primarily in the hills. These systems are not mutually exclusive, especially among the Lao Loum or lowland Lao in areas remote from major river valleys. Swidden cultivation was practiced by approximately 1 million farmers in 1990, who grew mostly rice on about 40 percent of the total land area planted to rice.

As you can see that they’ve water running into the rice paddies, their cultivation system I believed is called the wet-field paddy. I noticed the water pipes at the very beginning, and not surprised to see this at all since this is indeed a rice paddy in America, and not in Laos.

I’m glad to see many critters out today, I could hear the bull frog making some serious noise, I believed they eat insects, and I’m sure their sound don’t attract the insect to come to them. I got some what good shots of the dragonflies, the damselflies, spider, and grasshoppers.


  1. Thank you very much, those pictures are really very interesting to see. Rice plant are unknown here in the North, and we do not have much knowledge about what have happened befor the rice finally are at the shops. It is modern here to eat “brown rice”, as they should be keeping more vitamines, though potatoes still are the most common to eat here.

  2. Great to see you back! (I knew you couldn’t stay away too long. After all you have bitten by the blogging bug.)

    Glad to see you back out taking photo’s of the rice fields. Seems you had a good time.

    This reminds me of a few years ago when I was in Arkansas. they grow a lot of commercial rice in the lower part of the state in the delta region. I was riding through the rice producing area and noticed hawks all along the way. I asked someone about it and the explanation was so simple I don’t know why it didn’t come to me.

    Rice is grain. Where you have lots of grain you end up with grain on the ground from the harvest and you then have rodents, mostly field mice attracted by the ready food supply. And where you lots have lots of mice in an open environment you often have birds of prey such as hawks and owls.

    So, if those fields are large enough keep an eye out for hawks, especially in the fall when the field may be fallow. Maybe you will get some shots of them. Plus, the fields may attract migrating birds during the fall and provide great opportunities for some flock shots.

  3. Hi giiid, you might find this post to be interesting, it shows the old fashion way of separating the rice from the pods, Rice paddies in GA; long and hard, but well worth it by mozemoua. When rice first comes out from the shelves, it is brown in color. The king of Thailand eats brown rice (I believed) and the Thais called it ‘Kao Ghonk’ and he recommends his people to eat this as well because it has lots of vitamins. The white rice takes an extra step of removing the thin brown layer from the rice grain making it look white.

    Hi BakerWatson, since I’ve had a computer problem, blogging takes a lot longer, and it’s a pain, but I hope to get my new computer soon. And thanks for informing me of what to expect, I’d not think to go visit the rice paddy after its completely harvested. I’m wondering what the owner would think if seeing me every week lurking around.

  4. Thank you Ginger, I will keep the link and show it to others. What a hard work it have been to make the rice; one becomes much more careful when handling preparing the dinner.

  5. Salat, thanks for the nice comment, I’m glad you’ve been following this, it’s really a sight, very much like back in Laos, all they need is water buffaloes.

    giid, you’re welcome, I think it’s very interesting of how they do this, some of my American co-workers asked me if it’s even worth their time. I think if they enjoy doing this, then it’s well worth it, and I believed it’s more for our souls, it’s the connection that made us feel like we’re at home (in a strange land), we’re doing what we do best. I’m very fortunate to be able to see this.

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