Much has changed in the nine years I have been documenting rice farming. Hand tractors have given way to modern machinery. Four days to plow the fields with a hand tractor has become just a few hours with modern machinery. Two weeks of hand harvesting is now a half day with a large machine harvester.
Small production Green Rice is usually hand planted and then hand harvested as the young rice plants mature at different rates, a few days or weeks apart. Workers walk through the fields and select plants that are mature enough for processing.
Each year for the past 9 years I have photographed a woman in the fields of Nakhon Nayok, Thailand planting rice. Sometimes with help from neighbors, bu most times by herself.
The rice planting season began today for Siri and family in rural Nakhon Nayok, Thailand. Thus begins the cycle I have witnessed and documented for 10 years …
The first words spoken to me at 7am this morning as I spoke with men in the fields was “Hot, hot”. And it was….