The need for rice fields to be rested
Hi all friends
I came home from the fields. I have seen the process of tilling the land after the rice was harvested two weeks ago. After harvesting, we usually leave the land uncultivated. After a week of harvesting, we plow with a tractor. Now we no longer use buffalo to pull the plow. Technology is increasingly helping farmers in cultivating agricultural land.
After plowing we will leave the land that has been turned over for a week
Maybe someone will ask why it is not plowed immediately after harvest.
Soil needs rest
Just like us who work will definitely feel tired. When we are tired we need to rest. All this so that we stay healthy and can work again tomorrow.
Likewise with the land that we have cultivated and produced crops. The land needs to be rested first after being used as land for planting rice, vegetables, fruit or others.
On the land that I cultivate and plant rice. After harvesting we also let the rice fields rest. There are several reasons why rice fields are not plowed immediately and after being plowed they must be left alone.
1. Loosening the soil grains
By plowing, the soil will become more loose and when it is turned over the soil can have the opportunity to loosen the soil grains so that they do not make them too dense and hard. The more loose soil grains are certainly very good for the root system and other organisms in the soil.
2. Make room for water and air
If left after plowing, the pores of the soil will open wider so as to provide an opportunity for freer air to enter the soil. This gives the soil a chance to absorb the oxygen and other gases it needs. This is certainly good for plants when the land is replanted.
With sunlight it will really help the soil rearrange some elements that have been absorbed by plants.
4. Neutralize chemicals
Because we still use pesticides, leaving the soil uncultivated will at least give the soil a chance to naturally neutralize chemicals that can be harmful.
5. Breaking the pest chain
By leaving the land uncultivated, it will stop or break the cycle of existing pests. Because if we plant without stopping, the pests will always be there, but by stopping the planting temporarily, the pests will go away or die.
6. Opportunity to repair bunds
After being plowed and left alone, we have the opportunity to repair the rice fields. We can clean the bunds from the crabs that make holes or close the holes of the mouse nests. Strengthening the embankments is also necessary so that when we want to check our fields it is easy to pass.
By resting the soil, it is hoped that the production of rice or other crops will be better. Of course, this step must also be followed by other steps that support the increase in agricultural production.
Thus my writing this time may be useful.
Best regard from Indonesia.