Rice growing in the field
August 11, 2007 11:08pm CST
This is what rice looks like growing in the field. It is all headed out and the farmer soon will turn off the water and drain the field and let the rice ripen up or dry out. Rice is harvested with a machine called a combine, which can be used to harvest wheat, oats or other grains. This rice is grown on the land my husband and his family owns. They have 20 acres with 15 they lease out for rice. At one time my husband and his dad grew around 1000 acres of rice. They only owned 66 acres and leased out the rest of the land. They did all the work except when it came to working the land to put the rice in and then during harvest time. The down side of growing rice is the amount of water it takes, rice needs to soak in water the whole time it is growing. My husband and his dad worked like most farmers worked from sun up to sun down the only time he took time off was when it rained.
• United States
12 Aug 07
Being part Native American I have done my share of Wild Ricing in lakes myself. This is ALL DONE without modern machinery though. It's a very hard and tedious task to say the least. We use a canoe and 2 bamboo type rods/poles. We use the poles to pull the rice branches BETWEEN THEM AND then swish the rice from these onto the floor of the canoe. Then we sort the rice etc by hand. It took me awhile to learn how to do this swiftly when I first started. A boat full takes maybe an hour is all. It was a lot of fun learning to rice the wild lakes etc for this delicious treat. Wild rice is the best ever. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~