IsaanAussie

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  1. I have bananas growing, chickens but no ducks. When the bananas are harvested the stems are cut down and initially heaped up with any leaves. That creates great conditions for insects and the chickens go for them amid the pile. Maybe the same for ducks.
  2. Have a look at the design again. A fair bit of science involved despite the cheapness. Even has built in cleaning system.
  3. Canada, I remember a water filtration system done by PunPun. It was 4 towers made of concrete rings, each filled with different media. Sure you could find it on their website. From memory it was capable of supplying a small community.
  4. Anyone producing or planning to make RSS3 at the moment? Or selling Latex as opposed to cup? Interested in the value added bit in the middle. Interested in any comments.
  5. I really can connect with this. I did the same numbers and came up with an old Iseki large frame, 3 cyl Isuzu diesel, 4WD, 28HP tractor. The difference was I just went and got it and had it delivered it to the farm. Considering that I could only plough the concrete here after the rain started and then after rice harvest I was never going to get huge hours up. Ten years ago it was the only tractor in the village, hence perfect. Then the brand spanking new interest free Kubotas started showing up and the "face" element took over. My slow old girl was suddenly not up to the job. Fine by me.
  6. This is getting interesting. I have been in Thailand for most of the last 18 years and seen many things change very quickly and others hardly at all. But I would never tar all Thais with the one brush. I worked in the City, in Bangkok. My wife once said she wasn't Thai, she came from Isaan. To me that sums it up, there are not as many intelligent, well educated, successful Thais here as there are in BKK. Sometimes I miss those early years and the ability to hold a reasoned discussion. However with the back of my trousers getting ever thinner, I seem to getting more Thai. I stopped trying to explain market development business plans and return of investment years ago. Good idea, say yes. Flakey idea or absolute rubbish say NO. As my wife says, "Don't think too much!" No extra words needed, one of two options. Having made that decision stand back and watch it happen, or not. FACT: You were never going to do all the work anyway! Reason most of us fail? We have the plan and the money, but we want "them" to do it exactly as we tell them....We're just the BOSS in their backyard. Really? The single biggest change has been to village life and agriculture. Over 70% of Thais made their living from farming, small holding subsistence farming. The young people went to work in the new industrialised areas but still returned for planting and harvesting each year and sent money home to support their children and parents in the village. Extended families worked together and little was mechanised. Now its less than 40% farming and the young labour doesn't come home to help. So where is the future. Consolidated land holdings and mechanisation, control of farm gate pricing and costs. So looking past the opportunistic overheads of being a farmer here.....and a rice harvester was the topic, as it is.... I would buy the biggest bin storage unit I could .... after I had talked with the local rice merchants. Despite the fall in rice prices which will never recover, these guys around here have increased their storage capacity 4 fold. Plenty of little tractors to plough, seed rice and fertiliser finance schemes, but with no labour to plant, harvest, dry, store and transport. There will be lots of money made, use your business and farming skills to get some of it, the Thai way. Despite whatever "Her In Doors" or her family tell you "It is NOT up to you." We will not change the world.
  7. Love to see a progress report on this. Anyone active?
  8. I would never nail a duck in a box. Nails are expensive! However couldn't swear to never having eaten "duck in a box" pate. Will make sure I read the packaging more carefully in future. Whatever animals or birds you raise, the outcome depends largely your husbandry skills. I pride myself on those skills hence I KNOW that a duck would not be happy being nailed in a box. I also know they are hard enough to catch, let alone easy to hold down while you reached for hammer and nails. Yes I was joking.
  9. I am collecting seeds from trees like you guys have. Pods, bark and roots from these, past their prime. The real gold is in the young leaves. For these, seedlings grow intensively (10x10 inch spacing) for 6 weeks, then take a brush-cutter to them and lop them off about 6" from the ground. Strip the leaves, dry and grind them to powder. Repeat every month. They are legumous trees, N fixers got it? Something to do with rice paddies during the dry? Hell yes.
  10. In the worst of taste.... What you need is a wooden crate, hammer, nails, meat grinder, a hose and of course, bananas and a duck. Worked a treat in produced enlarged duck livers so why not? Nail the ducks feet into the bottom of the box, insert the tube down it's throat...... OR.... Offer the duck a banana, does it eat it?
  11. I know of one guy that runs 3 such machines. In Isaan so only one crop per year. My suggestion is you PM me if you are serious with contact details. I will pass it on and if he is agreeable he may contact you. Equally, he may will still view the forum and answer direct. Either way, it is a big investment and not to be entered into without informed advice.
  12. Have a good look for caterpillars. Different damage to the leaf. Different outcome potential.
  13. Check your lime tree leaves. Butterflies have been. You should be looking for pupae, caterpillars or eggs.
  14. Hands up anyone who hasn't been tempted by finger limes, economically at least. Consider yourselves crossed off the list, LOL. If you DF, or anyone who contacts you, has the secret, mark me down on the required mates list.
  15. Orchids in a working plantation? Nar, not for me unless you created a group near a water source. Near the tappers huts maybe. Full sun is relative term for me. Thai sunshine is blistering for long periods. Interested in what sort of butterflies you have seen, any chance of a picture or two? Even ask the locals to tell you what plants the caterpillars were/are on.