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The burning, that is supposed to fertilize the soil? Is that pretty well scientifically established to be true? I know I've always heard about it in relation to slash and burn clearing of the forest, but just wondering if. Does it also clear the stubble out so planting next year's crop will be easier?

I feel a bit sad about the farmers, bless them.

Surprised though that there isn't so much water up there. Do you have a well? How deep is the water table?

Can see the punkin patch now.

Lots of questions! ! !

At least nobody is flaming me on this thread! ! !


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My take as someone formerly involved in horticulture is that burning stubble is a quick way of putting trace elements and minerals like potassium back into the soil.

Over a few years observation of local rice farming I noticed that they sell the straw from one crop, plow it in for another and burn the third.

Edit: Not necessarily in that order, or for that matter, strictly adhered to, just sometimes that they do one, then t'others.

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As Scea said, in theory burning produces some trace elements but around here they don’t bother to distribute it over the entire field or work it into the soil. The dividing mounds between the fields, where the weeds grow, seem to end up with most of it or it just blows away.

In our area the only time they can sell the straw is when they have used the old-fashioned hand threshing method and no machinery, which hardly anyone does these days. The machines leave large piles of useless straw that ends up as amazing bonfires in the dark of night.

Interestingly I have seen villagers, and even our own gardener, go out and collect ash in a bag to be use to make potting soil for around the garden. Go figure. Anyway it is much easier to plow a field that has been burned down to stubble. If you have waist high straw to plow into the ground you are going to need a very big tractor and that cost money.

It is a complicated subject which includes the problems associated with monocultures, overuse of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. No doubt things will change in time but it will take time and lots of it, in my opinion. During my time in Thailand I have seen a lot of change but it has been slow and incremental, nothing dramatic or overnight.

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These are from my balcony. We live outside Phayao. I hope you like.


Yes I like.smile.png

Thanks I will try and post more.

Please do........Most enjoyable.

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It has been raining all day so no new pictures from today but I’m sharing this one from my last ride because it gives you a better look and one of those little field shacks. This section of road was dirt until very recently and is only use by farm equipment.


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I took these about a week ago. It is about 80 metres from our home.


I love that blanket of cloud laying on the mountain top.smile.png

For the last month this has been a regular event. I have other photos that are zoomed in but this one gave the overall affect.

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Okay it isn't the sky but it is Chiang Rai. Caught this little guy trying to take a shower with my wife and he ended up losing his head.biggrin.png

First time in five years that we have had snakes in the house. I guess they, like me, have had enough of this relentless rain. Big mistake coming up my drain pipes.post-4641-1156693976.gifofftopic2.gif


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What kind of a snake is that?

Just curious.

I am no snake expert but after investigation I think it is a Common Bridle Snake. I have to admit I thought it was a Krait when I first saw it.
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