Philippine Project Notes:
Farm Update 070516
By Tim Roach
Copyright 2007


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primary field planted with peanuts

We have the fence up and the field planted.

The first round is primarily planted in peanuts with a small section planted in pop-corn to grow seed for our next planting. A lot of people are wondering why we didnít plant the whole field in peanuts. The logic is very simple. Reason One: The bags of seed we got for the peanuts was just a little short of covering the whole field (which was expected). And Reason Two: since we know what crop we are going to plant next, if we plant it now we need to only buy a small amount of seed. Then plant the seeds of the crop we grow now when we are ready to plant later. Thus saving a lot of money on seed. Though doing this does require extra planning as to what crops and in what rotation order one is going to grow over the next seasons along with taking into account normal weather patterns for each upcoming season. Hopefully this idea will catch on as people see how it works with us.

peanut plant about a week old.

We also have some deals where we can harvest just certain stalks of corn from some of the other growers in the area when it becomes ready. People here think I am crazy wanting just corn that grows a certain way. However, since the crops are picked by hand anyway, I figure we might as well take advantage of the manual effort and separate the better ears of corn from the less desirable ones. By saving the best ears of corn for seed we should get a much larger, better and healthier yield from the seeds we harvest this season.

This is just a couple of simple ideas we are trying to demonstrate that should help all the growers in the area. But like so many new ideas here we have to show it working before anyone will even consider changing their methods.

However while it will take about a year to get the full rotation and crop yields truly increasing we are at least starting to have people watching and discussing what we are doing.

The down side to having so many starting to watch what we are doing is that I am starting to feel like I am living under a microscope.

You think it is bad when your boss comes in to watch what you are doing at work? Try having an entire region watching everything you do. With mistakes or failures meaning that all the things you are trying to do loose some of their credibility.



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