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    3,000 rai of crops with low water needs to be planted in August

    BANGKOK, 30th July 2018 (NNT) The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is to add 3,000 rai of crops requiring little water this August, targeting profit margins of 30-40 percent.

    Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Krisada Boonrach has advised that a farming plan based on crops needing limited water is to be launched this August with the Department of Agricultural Extension currently surveying growers who wish to plant the crops in Uttaradit, Pitsanulok and Ayuthaya. Once volunteers are assembled, farmers in two of the three provinces will be chosen to start a 3,000 rai farm growing corn for animal feed, which is in high demand both domestically and internationally but is short supply in Thailand. The ministry sees the crop yielding profits of 30-40 percent on its capital costs.

    The Office of Agricultural Economics has assessed that Thai corn farms produce 700-1,000 kilograms of corn per rai while those in the United States yield 1,500-1,800 kilograms per rai. Relevant agencies are to apply technological innovations to Thai farms to support improved production with attention also to be paid to water management. Once grown, the ministry is to match farms with animal feed producers and exporters. The program is intended to use only leftover budget from the ministry and steps will be taken to reduce costs.



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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    The ministry sees the crop yielding profits of 30-40 percent on its capital costs.

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    Oh dear.
    They really don't seem to have a clue.

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    Never seen sweet corn being fed to cattle but I'm sure they do do. The normal feed they give around my neck of the woods is, tried and tested, water resistant, 'Napier Grass'. They hand cut it and have it worked out as to how much to grow to support the amount of cattle they own. A tried and tested method in an area where sweet corn is difficult to grow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    The Office of Agricultural Economics has assessed that Thai corn farms produce 700-1,000 kilograms of corn per rai while those in the United States yield 1,500-1,800 kilograms per rai.
    ...and Egyptian farmers get a better rice yield per hectare than Thai farmers. So what do others do better? Is it simply soil or ....

    Wouldn't it be better to have proper agricultural schools than try to bureaucratically manage farmers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Wouldn't it be better to have proper agricultural schools than try to bureaucratically manage farmers?
    Yes. But TIT. I imagine there are agriculture/horticulture schools, but TIT so it's about graduating, not learning and applying knowledge.


    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Is it simply soil or ....
    Were you avoiding saying "TIT"?

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    Corn is a water-consuming crop, authorities must be confused.

    As for the yield, most of the corn I saw in the fields here (mountainous area) wasn't the "regular" western one (yellow, large) but smaller ones, whitish, speckled with some dark/brown grains...that would explain most of the gap, maybe they don't grow the western-style corn as it would require much more water.

    That's maybe why the authorities consider local corn as a water-savy crop, they may also compare with rice crop...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farang Ky Ay View Post
    Corn is a water-consuming crop, authorities must be confused.

    As for the yield, most of the corn I saw in the fields here (mountainous area) wasn't the "regular" western one (yellow, large) but smaller ones, whitish, speckled with some dark/brown grains...that would explain most of the gap, maybe they don't grow the western-style corn as it would require much more water.

    That's maybe why the authorities consider local corn as a water-savy crop, they may also compare with rice crop...

    Besides that, maize isn't a natural diet supplement for native grass grazing creatures.
    Yet, we know better, don't we?

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    Another thing I didn't know about maize, and giving it to cattle.

    The more hay or grass a cow eats compared to corn, soy and other grains, the less likely the animal will develop these digestive problems. Cows consuming a lot of corn are more susceptible to E. coli infection, which can in turn infect people who eat the meat.
    https://animals.mom.me/eating-lot-corn-affect-cows-9538.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Besides that, maize isn't a natural diet supplement for native grass grazing creatures.
    Yet, we know better, don't we?
    Maize, rice, barley...they're all grass varieties.

    Yes, you know better /

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    Those with lesser cognitive reasoning should refrain from commentary.

    As in: fuckwitted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Those with lesser cognitive reasoning should refrain from commentary.

    As in: fuckwitted.
    So why do you keep posting? You're the epitome of the classic ultracrepidarian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farang Ky Ay View Post

    That's maybe why the authorities consider local corn as a water-savy crop, they may also compare with rice crop...
    Rice doesnt need much water to grow

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    Rice is one of the most water intensive crops on the planet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post


    Rice is one of the most water intensive crops on the planet.
    But it doesn't need all that water. It's able to thrive in the water, so growers grow it in water because weeds don't grow in water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Those with lesser cognitive reasoning should refrain from commentary.
    but would there only be you left Geffroi to google yerself ?

    Or am I too dim to see your brilliance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    weeds don't grow in water.
    And rice won't either if there's too much. And rice won't grow if there's too little. Hence why the rice fields water is controlled by damming and diverting.

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