The Rice Pads
The rainy season has just began in the Philippines and El Nino is over. It is time to start the rice crops. After the first rains a patch of dirt is turned over and tilled until it is muddy like a texture of a creamy peanut butter. Rice seed it spread out over it and it grows until the rice is a few inches tall. After that they will separate the rice and spread the rice out into the rice pads.
The recent rains have created the Ideal Conditions for preparing the fields. The local farmers have gone out when the rain stopped to get started.
The Carabao is a type of water buffalo that is used for plowing the dirt over once there has been enough rain to soften the soil. Not only is it a working animal but it is also the source of fertilization during the off season as they graze on the plants in the fields after the rice has been harvested.
Planting and Growing Rice is a family affair that includes everyone that is old enough and physically capable. Here they learn at a young age to work together.
In 3 to 4 months the rice will be ready for harvesting once the stalks go from green to a dry golden color. More to follow when it is time to harvest.
David Lee Martin
Functional US Army Veteran