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About IsaanAussie

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  • Birthday 07/24/1952

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  1. IsaanAussie

    Bought 12 Cows have limited knowledge

    Beef herds are under the same pressure. In country such as above there are farmers having to truck in water daily. One reported having to truck in over 100,000 litres per day from over 2hrs away to supply their 1000 head herd. There are parts of the country that have been under drought conditions for over ten years.
  2. IsaanAussie

    Bought 12 Cows have limited knowledge

    Here is a pair of pictures that shows the ongoing effect of the drought on pasture country here in Australia. The dairy industry has also been subject to extreme price pressure with some processors even claiming money back from the farmers. Not good, suicides and walkoffs happening frequently.
  3. IsaanAussie

    Container Soil - Growing Medium

    Could not agree more. The issue for me is to minimise cost of feeding the existing soil (sorry dirt) to provide a viable growing media. My efforts are much the same as listed here, I use composted manure and farm residues, CRH and rice straw, and worm castings, all producing on farm. I have added the 3 limes, mostly dolomite, and rock phosphate to the compost before the maturing phase. I use EM extensively and have used other biologicals to increase plant availabilty of nutrients. I produced a range of compost teas and intend to work more on these. Lots to learn.
  4. IsaanAussie

    Maize and Rotational Crops

    I hope you are right KS. However the change has happened in our area some years ago, communal plantings and harvests with little cash involved, to tractors and harvesters hired for cash, a scarce commodity within the cost vs return on offer. The age of farmers is increasing and their numbers decreasing. Holding on to the essence of village life is hard to see happening.
  5. IsaanAussie

    Maize and Rotational Crops

    A lot more to this story than just maize farmers missing out to imported cheaper ingredients. Thailand doesnt produce enough maize to satisfy demand and there is a requirement to buy 3 times to local maize to imported crops. Read the whole PBS article. However CP is involved and the saving of 240 million baht. Globalisation, you got to love it. Issues like this are hopefully what is behind the current Trump Trade Wars. I say hopefully because I liked the rural farming communities in Isaan and would hate to see them disappear with their local towns to large land holdings and corporate farms.
  6. IsaanAussie

    Start a mixed farm in Isaan

    Try your provincial Land Development department office for local soil information.
  7. IsaanAussie

    Clay soil

    You may find it easier to get dolomite. Of the three limes I find it the best to deal with our clay soil in Sisaket.
  8. IsaanAussie

    Pigs 101 (A Start)

    Thanks, the feeders I built were a real winner. The same system was used in the group sow pens, the boars and for finisher pigs. They could be filled from the centre aisle and cleaned out as well so there was almost feed or cleaning mess inside of the pens. Made things a lot easier than trying to feed full size breeders inside the pens. No wrestling or push and shove. Because the feeder tubs are mostly outside the fence they are naturally separated so each pig had its own feed dish, so no arguments. As soon as they heard the feed buckets being filled they all stood and waited at they own bowl. Very civilised.
  9. IsaanAussie

    Pigs 101 (A Start)

    A month or so ago I was asked about my farrowing areas. I have just found a couple of pictures of the pens we use. Sorry there isnt a shot of the whole pen but you should get some idea. They are 1.5 metres wide and 5 metres long and were built as nursery pens. A metre inside the the pen I can attach a fence which contains the sow feeder which is put in place when the sow is placed in the pen to farrow. The piglets can walk under the fence into the 1x1.5 creep area. This allows me an area to handle the piglets without interference from the sow. At weaning the piglets stay in the pen and the sow and fence are removed.
  10. DrTreeLove, I like your report a lot. It is very similar to the recommendations we developed in Australia for some grazing land. We analysed the pasture and the compost that was to be applied and then developed a blend of organic approved additives to be combined with the compost. I hasten to add some MAP was suggested in that case as well but not used. We also had the current grasses tested as a further check. I want to try taking the composting a step further by using biology to improve the plant nutrient availability from some of the minerals etc.. added to the compost. This follows the results I had making up fertiliser from compost, rock phosphate, dolomite and lime for our rice crop a few years ago. I hope that a bit more science and knowledge of the on farm resources available should help reduce the chemical requirement and improve the nutritional value of the crops whilst reducing external costs. Love to have a local agronomical service supporting my small farming efforts. Let me know if you find one (in Isaan would be great).
  11. IsaanAussie

    Compost and climate change

    I have worked with NutriTech closely here in Oz, some very interesting work on prescription blending composts. Their product range is extensive and reasonably priced. Good company with excellent soil and plant testing tie ups and agronomy services to back it up. Would be great to see them or similar offerings in Thailand, the obvious issue is cost and affordability in the local market.
  12. IsaanAussie

    Compost and climate change

    The basics are simple. Matter is neither created nor destroyed, it is simply transformed. To maintain a "healthy" soil depends on sufficient resources to sustain the environment in balance. Chemical agriculture and mechanised farming practices are an easy way to move that balance point but not always sustainably in my opinion. There can be such a thing as too much of a good thing. I think we need to learn (or even relearn) how to gauge what is needed and when in our own micro environments. The big challenge for farmers is to avoid our modern passion for debt.
  13. This is a conversation to keep an eye on. My kind of stuff.
  14. IsaanAussie

    Maize and Rotational Crops

    FJ, My main paddy totals 12 rai and the current pond about 40x20x4. Similar but a smaller scale to yours. So now you have peaked my interest. IA
  15. IsaanAussie

    Maize and Rotational Crops

    SRI has long been a dream for me. Planting seeds would reduce the labour of transplanting. My "vision" would be to be able to siphon water (pump if I must) in and out of a series of ponds located in the paddies to provide the water level changes. After all the water is really for weed control and rice can grow without the flooding. Sisaket is one rainfed rice crop per year, either flooded or bone dry. The ponds would advance the rice season, grow fish and provide irrigation for other crops. Has always seemed to make sense to me.