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Has anyone out there had experience of growing sugar from buds in a nursery? Any conversation would be good.

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On 5/4/2561 at 6:45 PM, kickstart said:

If you want to make good compost the raw ingredients have to be of some quality, if you put in poor raw ingredients, you will get a poor compost I think I have said before, making compost you will lose nutrients in the composting process and the heat produced will destroy some of the nutrients.

Something I learned a long time ago weeds in a compost heap, take a lot of breaking down, and if any that have any seeds on them, depending on the weed the seeds, they will remain dormant, until put back on the land and they will grow again giving more problems, 

I still say cattle manure is better than compost on a nutrient basis, but if the compost has a lot of long fiber in it that will do the land some good,help aerate the land, encouraging the microbes to work and get some life back into the land.and improve the quality of the land, but on an NPK base cattle manure would be better. 

 please look at this video, you will see it is possible. 

 

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Super thread. Thanks to all who contributed especially Mr Kie. You have given me plenty to think about for the future

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฿87,000 I figure amortized over 7 years you will be paying the same as your electric bill, so no extra cost for the solar. Then you have free electric until the inverter needs replacing, maybe ten to twelve years. Then you will have to replace the inverter, but buy then they should be quite cheap. I have been pricing them, they seem to drop in price almost daily. Please keep us posted on your solar project. I am very interested in solar, ithink I'm a bit old for it, but I'm always interested in real costs and returns to convince other younger folks to go that way.

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next project.... 6 solar panels with on grid system, each panel generates 300 watt enough to run the air con, water pump, ventilation. 
total cost will be around 87,000THB
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Could you please give more details about the setup, for example the brand and how to get the contract with PEA for the grid connection. Thank you
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On 4/5/2018 at 11:52 AM, CLW said:

Another example, basic soil tests are free for farmers. But hardly anyone uses this service. Instead they apply fertiliser like they always did or even more stupid, the salesman tells them.
What a waste of money, resources etc...

Hi CLW could you expand on the soil testing? When my hubby went to pay our land tax a few weeks ago he was asked to account for usage of a government-funded dam in our land. At the same time he was listing how the resource is used, he asked at the office about any classes or help available to farmers on land quality. His sister and husband recently moved onto land next door and have trouble establishing anything more than a kitchen garden.  Hubs was told there is nothing available in our area. So I’m hopeful there might be another office, maybe he asked in the wrong place. If it’s relevant, when in-country we are Isaan-based between Nong Khai and Bueng Kan.

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On 5/6/2018 at 3:49 PM, Mr Kie said:

next project.... 6 solar panels with on grid system, each panel generates 300 watt enough to run the air con, water pump, ventilation. 

total cost will be around 87,000THB

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We have a small home-rigged setup (panel/inverter/storage battery) but no connection to grid since Govt power has not made it to our land yet. We get enough to charge phones and run fans overnight in 2 houses. Has been a game changer for my brother and sister in law who live in a sweat box. 

 

Look forward to reading your updates. 

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Hi CLW could you expand on the soil testing? When my hubby went to pay our land tax a few weeks ago he was asked to account for usage of a government-funded dam in our land. At the same time he was listing how the resource is used, he asked at the office about any classes or help available to farmers on land quality. His sister and husband recently moved onto land next door and have trouble establishing anything more than a kitchen garden.  Hubs was told there is nothing available in our area. So I’m hopeful there might be another office, maybe he asked in the wrong place. If it’s relevant, when in-country we are Isaan-based between Nong Khai and Bueng Kan.
Sorry for the late reply.
I'm going to university on Monday.
I can post some shots of the soil testing brochure.
However, the free soil test is nothing very useful.
It's just a quick test to tell you the amounts of nutrients with poor, moderate or high levels.
I suggest you invest a few baht in a laboratory test.

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On 6/2/2018 at 3:17 PM, Goinghomesoon said:

Hi CLW could you expand on the soil testing? When my hubby went to pay our land tax a few weeks ago he was asked to account for usage of a government-funded dam in our land. At the same time he was listing how the resource is used, he asked at the office about any classes or help available to farmers on land quality. His sister and husband recently moved onto land next door and have trouble establishing anything more than a kitchen garden.  Hubs was told there is nothing available in our area. So I’m hopeful there might be another office, maybe he asked in the wrong place. If it’s relevant, when in-country we are Isaan-based between Nong Khai and Bueng Kan.

If you paid your land tax, like I do at your local, Or-Bor-Tor office, Organisation for Administering a Sub District, they deal in local government, and they office probably funded the dam on your land, hence the questions on the dam.

On the agricultural side ,when we got flooded out, and lost all fish in the fish pond ,and when we lost a crop of maize to a drought it was the Or Bor Tor that did all the paperwork, and sent it on to another government offices that deals with this problem  and we got some compensation back.( no such thing as a free lunch, wife had to register all we had and grew with the office  before we could get anything back, more paperwork, and they still come around every year asking what stock we have and what we grow.)

As for land quality, they are the wrong office,

Where to ask for help, your Or-Bor-Tor should be able to tell you where your local agriculture office is, or your local Aumpur and your agriculture college could help. 

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Could you please give more details about the setup, for example the brand and how to get the contract with PEA for the grid connection. Thank you
Seconded.

It seems much cheaper to buh direct from China, but you might fall foul of the thieves at customs. And, you'll need to find someone to instsll it, which could end in tears.

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I heard that these solar panel required PEA in-house contractor to perform installation in order to qualify for feed-in tariff... the price seem to be a ripeoff... any experienced forumer could advise? 

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