Paddy Harvest Begins

At Annapurna, we began our new year starting with the paddy harvest. As the sequence of sowing paddy in multiple seedbeds, we have paddy starting to ripen from late December to early March.This year weather favored us with light rather than no showers close to this harvest. We hand-harvested early sown Bhavani (test field) and…

Pests & Predators | Paddy Fieldnotes Dec 2022

Early sown varieties, Co43 and Bhavani (seasonality test) are past flowering and currently are in the ripening stage. As explained in Principles and Practices of Rice Production by S K De Datta,“At the time of anthesis (blooming or flowering), the panicle is erect in shape. The panicles flower begins at the top, middle and lower…

Paddy and Other Fields Notes | December 22

While we are still busy with the second round of the weeding through direct sown paddy fields, we have early sown paddy coming into the flowering stage. But paddy is not the only one coming into flowering but also Rosella and Corn. Rosella is being harvested for the processing jams and syrups while corn will…

Casuarina Harvest

In September we harvested around 3 acres of casuarina trees. The 3 plantations were 8-10 years old. These were rainfed crops and the trees had become nice and tall.In the last years, wood prices have been very low and there was no incentive to harvest the trees. But then recently the price shot up and…

Paddy Field Notes | November 2022

Earlier this month we closed in transplanting paddy, a total of 20 acres with primary 3 varieties – Annapurna (farmer’s select), Poovan Samba (red) and CO43 (white; for parboiling) along with “Bhavani’ for seasonality test and a couple improved red varieties, long grain basmati for seed production. After field preparation and transplanting; weeding the paddy…

The Annapurna wall – First 100 meters

As mentioned in earlier communications; Annapurna farm is invaded by wildlife like pigs, deer and peacocks and it gets more and more difficult to grow crops in the farm. As also reported in one of our communications we built a short prototype of this fence a year back to get a good idea if this…

375 Gliricidia Plantation | October 2022

In the last week of October, We finished transplanting gliricidia in the far northwest of Annapurna plot 375. This comes after good rainfall overnight that finally pushed the planting work in motion. Here are a few images from the gliricidia plantation from the previous year, a part that has been shredded down for composting.

Early Rosella 392ab Plot | Oct 2022

Rosella is grown at Annapurna as a rainfed crop from August (depending on the southwest summer monsoon) to harvest in late November. The whole fruits are plucked when they are tender, fleshy, and deep red. The calyx lobes (outer layer) are separated and used fresh to process into Jams and syrups, while seeds are collected…

Alley Cropping System | Gliricidia plot:392BB [Jun – Oct 22]

The natural diet of bovines largely comprises wild grass, tree leaves and weeds. Increased domestication, however, has motivated farmers to rely on grain-based diets, as it makes it easier to maintain large herds of cattle and harvest higher yields of produce, be it meat or milk. Grains, in comparison to grass, are easy to store,…

Paddy Field Notes | October 2022

We started the paddy season this year on 28th August sowing the first seedbed. The season began with an all-season improved variety CO43 along with Bhavani to test its early seasonality. We started the field preparation in the dry month of September where unlike the last couple of years, there was no trace of summer…