I noticed earlier this week that the closest paddy to the road is flooded, and not from the rain that we’ve had a lot lately, so I thought it might be time for my neighbor to plant their seedlings that they’ve been growing in their garden. I stopped by yesterday after work, and was greeted by this little guy.
I saw his wife (my co-worker) working in her garden, and she thought that they might be able to get the first paddy planted by this weekend. The second paddy needs more work, the land is not cleared from last year’s crop, this one belongs to her cousin.
They’re trying something new this year, she is planning to plant some rice in her garden as well, so this is not the wet paddy, and I think it’d be interesting to see if it’d produce as good of a crop as the traditional wet rice paddy.
In Japan, it’s more high tech, the young plants that farmers have been raising in plastic covered green houses get put onto automatic planting machines, like the one pictured below (source: pacific-islander.blogspot.com).
Only if my neighbor has one of this, they’d finish in no time.