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    Western Farming Ideas which could be adapted to work in Thailand

    Just saw this and thought that, with some Thai adaptation could be profitable here.



    Rice farmers like Mike Frugé of Cajun Crawfish in Louisiana figured out that the two year growing cycle of crawfish synced perfectly with the two year cycle of the rice crop. He shows us how his rice fields are seeded with baby crawfish every other year, creating a new source of food and income for farmers in the area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post

    Rice farmers like Mike Frugé of Cajun Crawfish in Louisiana figured out that the two year growing cycle of crawfish synced perfectly with the two year cycle of the rice crop. He shows us how his rice fields are seeded with baby crawfish every other year, creating a new source of food and income for farmers in the area.
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    I am just wondering what rice you grow that has a 2 year cycle. Around here it is a 6 month cycle as there is no irrigation just rain fed rice grown.
    Plow and plant in April/May and then harvest October/November.

    I like the idea of growing the "Crawfish" in the rice paddies but not sure they would survive living in the concrete which is what the paddies become her when they dry out.
    I think the equivalent around here is the little crabs they catch in the paddies and the banks of the paddies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    and then harvest October/November.
    What sort of yields, kg/hectare/year, do you achieve?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    David
    I am just wondering what rice you grow that has a 2 year cycle. Around here it is a 6 month cycle as there is no irrigation just rain fed rice grown.
    Plow and plant in April/May and then harvest October/November.
    Mate, we don't grow rice, and your point is valid.

    Some further research is required ... thanks

    BTW ... this is us ... Thailand:- Life on the Farm is kind of relaxed

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    What sort of yields, kg/hectare/year, do you achieve?
    Mate I would love to answer you but as you know rice farming in Thailand is a prohibited occupation for foreigners.
    To be honest I don't really know the Missus and her share farmer friend take care of that stuff. I have asked before and usually get told "none of your business" which in my mind means "I don't know".
    We usually farm about 70 rai of rice but last year I think she let a few of the family grow rice on some of it so we got a bit less rice and a bit less work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    Around here it is a 6 month cycle as there is no irrigation just rain fed rice grown.
    It is the same in my part of Isaan although as I travel about I do see small areas blessed with a nearby river that can get the water to grow 2 crops per year. Maybe those places could benefit from some rotation.

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    A UN/FOA mate of mine often tells me that farmers in Egypt get almost twice the yield per rai of rice but when he talks to Thai farmers it all falls on deaf ears.

    But it is also possible that is water related as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    I have asked before and usually get told "none of your business" which in my mind means "I don't know"
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    Those tractorcycles with the long handlebars would kill a lot of those mudbugs (crayfish).

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    They are already doing it, in Cambodia. The crawfish they use is from Australia (we call them yabbies)- the Queensland red claw I believe (?). The New Orleans restaurant in Bangkok does them, but I have never been there since they moved from Washington Square.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    The New Orleans restaurant in Bangkok does them, but I have never been there since they moved from Washington Square.

    I believe you are talking about Bourbon Street. Although I haven't been there for a while, the menu was pretty much the same as it was when they were at Washington Square.

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    I am, cheers for the heads up.

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