After visiting a soy production facility on our bike ride outside Yogyakarta, we continued cycling into the rice fields. There were fields at all stages of growth, but we found a few friendly local women out planting in a field who were kind enough to demonstrate and let us jump in and give it a try.
For planting, the fields are completely flooded, and the rice sprouts are gently pushed into the loosened mud underwater. They use a long wooden notched stick to space out the plants and the two of them moved quickly back and forth across the field. A few of us entered the water, the ground squishy and squelchy between our toes to give it a try. We planted a few rows, and hopefully they weren’t so poorly done that the ladies would have to go back and re-do it! It did take a few tries to get the right depth for the plant, so that it stays in place but isn’t too far submerged.
One of our final stops of the bike ride was to see this man thrashing the rice. The machine is pretty simple, that wheel is covered with long spike which separate the grains from the plant as it rapidly spins. He can then easily collect the grains on the blue tarp.
P.S.: check out more posts on our time in Indonesia.