Planting Season 2017 in Rural Thailand



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The rainy season in rural Thailand is a busy time of year, as rural Thais plow the fields and plant rice. The fields which are overgrown with vegetation and jungle encroachment become flooded with water and soft enough to plow. Some of the farmers use a hand tractor, and those that can afford it, pay local entrepreneurs to plow the fields with their small regular tractors. Some farmers use a combination of both methods, as there is a waiting list for the popular back saving, larger tractors.

A Thai farmer uses a hand tractor during planting Season in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand. (Lee Craker/Lee Craker, Photographer)

A Thai farmer uses a hand tractor during planting Season in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.

A Thai farmer smooths out the fields with a bamboo pole attached to his tractor before planting rice in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand. (Lee Craker/Lee Craker, Photographer)

A Thai farmer smooths out the fields with a bamboo pole attached to his tractor before planting rice in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.

When I first started photographing rice farming in Nakhon Nayok, plowing was all done with hand tractors. Five years later much of it is done with modern tractors. These small tractors make quick work of plowing a few Rai of fields. Nakhon Nayok Thailand. (Lee Craker/Lee Craker, Photographer)

When I first started photographing rice farming in Nakhon Nayok, plowing was all done with hand tractors. Five years later much of it is done with modern tractors. These small tractors make quick work of plowing a few Rai of fields. Nakhon Nayok Thailand.

The plowing and planting sometimes takes place on the same day. On this day I was photographing plowing in the morning and by late afternoon the fields were being planted with rice seed.

Siri, a Thai Farmer planting rice in the late afternoon, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand. (Lee Craker/Lee Craker, Photographer)

Siri, a Thai Farmer planting rice in the late afternoon, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand.

During the rainy season it rains almost every day. Usually not a long rain, but a short intense, hard downpour. The farmers usually work through the rain, or take shelter just long enough to avoid the brunt of the storm.

Sometimes it rains a little too much during this phase of rice farming. So to keep the seeds from washing away, and a proper amount of water in the fields, some type of drainage must be used.

Sometimes the freshly planted rice fields have a little too much rain water in them. / Planting Season in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand (Lee Craker/Lee Craker, Photographer)

A Thai farmer uses a clay pot to remove excess water from his fields.


Rice farming is hard work for the small family farmers of Nakhon Nayok, Thailand. The reward will be enough food to feed their families for a year, and for those with resources to lease larger fields, a small income from the harvest.

To celebrate the 2017 planting season we have created several art prints.

In this image a Thai farmer looks back at the fields he has just finished plowing, wiping the sweat from his face. To view and purchase, click on the image or follow the link: Planting Season.

In this image, Siri, a Thai woman farmer is transplanting rice. To view and purchase, click on the image or follow the link: Thai Rice Production.

In this image A Thai farmer heads home for breakfast after spraying insecticide on his fields in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand. To view and purchase, click on the image or follow the link: Going Home For Breakfast.

 

 

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