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Sprinkling Soybeans Instead of Herbicides

Sprinkling Soybeans Instead of Herbicides

Can you imagine glutinous rice paddies covered with soybeans?

When growing glutinous rice using organic farming methods, one of the major challenges is how to deal with weeds.

How can we grow glutinous rice that is resistant to weeds without using herbicides?

In Japan, there are various ways to do this.

For example

  • Releasing water fowls such as aigamo ducks into the rice paddies to prevent weeds from growing in the paddies.
  • Covering the paddies with paper mulch sheets to physically keep weeds from growing.
  • Letting weeds grow and using them as organic resources
  • Weeding by machine
  • Weeding by hand

Nishida Farm’s glutinous rice is grown by sprinkling organic matter such as soybeans on the surface of the paddy field to form a torotoro layer, which prevents weeds from taking root and allowing them to rot.

Time to Fight Weeds

We do not want weeds to grow in the paddy fields for two reasons.

One is that the weeds will grow larger than the seedlings planted in the rice paddies, and they will not get enough sunlight.

If the weeds grow faster than the seedlings planted in the rice paddies, the weeds will take nutrients from the soil, and the seedlings will not receive enough nutrients to grow.

In other words, weeding is not a matter of time until the seedlings in the rice paddies are large enough to survive the weeds.

When to sow soybeans

At Nishida Farm, soybeans are sprinkled on the rice paddies after planting to make the surface layer of the paddies slushy, so to speak, to prevent the growth of weeds.

This method has the risk of turning the paddy field into a soybean field, or even preventing paddy rice seedlings that have been planted in the paddy field from growing because of the sludgy layer.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASoybeans to be sprayed instead of herbicides

Much more delicious!

The cost of weeding depends on the size of the paddy field.

Even if you are going to grow rice using organic farming methods, the cost should not be prohibitive.

Nishida Farm reduces the cost of obtaining soybeans to cover the paddies, and weeds the paddies by machine.

In this way, the cost is reduced compared to weeding by hand.

However, Mr. Nishida says, “We still have a long way to go before we can produce the ideal plump, round, golden rice.

Ladies and gentlemen, Nishida Farm’s glutinous rice, which has the best track record in online rice sales in Saitama Prefecture, is still delicious.

It goes smoothly down your throat.

Please give it a try.

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