Hot and Humid Weather is Good for Rice Paddy

It is extremely hot and humid at this time of the year in North Carolina, I don’t mind so much of this type of weather, kind of reminds me of being in Laos.  As for the Rice Paddy, the hot and humid weather is actually good for the paddy, some of these rice pods will be ready to harvest by the end of August, especially if they want to make Kao Mao, young sticky rice for dessert.

It has been one week since I last took the pictures of this paddy, and see what a difference.  Even though it is hot and humid, but during the evening is not as bad as midday. I stopped by the paddy yesterday evening after work, the aroma of the rice pods and the sounds of the crickets are very soothing to the soul.

It’s more obvious now that this is a Hmong-American rice paddy, meaning that this rice paddy is in the US and not in Laos, as you can see a Honda CRV parked next to the paddy.

Sticky rice pods, also known as Glutinous rice, and sometimes it’s called Sweet rice.

Purple rice, known as Kao Kom in Lao language.


They have several new scarecrows, kind of amusing to see that they are old rice bags purchased from Asian Market.  She did mentioned to me in the past that her children don’t like to eat rice from their paddy, but preferred store bought rice because they said that it tastes better. It’s the same with chicken, they preferred store bought chicken over fresh killed.

I kind of missed this orange hat scarecrow that they had last year.

In the back paddy, the white rice pods are also ripen in this hot sun.

But not this small paddy, they must have started this one late, there is no rice pod yet.

There are plenty of dragonflies hovering over the paddy, some perched long enough for me to take pictures.


  1. Hey there…nice:)) My little rice paddy is starting to look like the last picture, still a way to go. Are you going to help them with the harvesting? Have fun:))

    • PaNoy, they harvest little by little, and many times during my working hours, so it’s hard for me to help.

      I’d like to see your rice paddy, maybe you can email me your picture and I can share with others. It’d be interesting to see how it turns out growing in a garden.

  2. I like the flute music you have accompanying this post. I feel like I am already there. Very relaxing sounds. 🙂

    California summer is not too bad… and eating lots of watermelons really help too. Thanks for the updated rice field photos.

    • Cambree, glad that you like, the rice paddy looks very much like the ones in Laos, but in a smaller scale, but the size of paddy is about the same. I’m enjoying the watermelon this summer also, good thing they’re not very expensive. 🙂

  3. Nye, awesome pictures as always… The rice paddy reminds me of my grandparents farm just outside of Vientaine, Laos.

    Do you know if they… “fard kaow”??? the good old way.. or using machine??

    • Hi seeharhed, they use the food processor to remove the pods, and still fard Kaow the old fashion way.

      My cousin has a Houng See in Pakse, Laos and I was hoping to visit when I was there, but we had so little time and they took us to see the tads instead, which is nice also, I get to see the coffee plants up close. I also didn’t get to see their small coffee farm, maybe better luck next time.

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