Who knew it was so hard to get rice.
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If you ever wonder what it all takes to get rice, it is a long process. First, there is the planting of little seedlings under straw or small greenhouses near the beginning of spring. Then these seedlings are planted at even distances in flooded fields until they grow to cover that field, then they are harvested and bundled and moved into another field and planted at even distances apart. In some areas, like here in Guizhou they will do that process again and on the third time the rice will grow on the stalks. Once the rice has grown, it must be harvested. It is cut and lined up in piles in the fields and then it must be separated from the stalk. Traditionally, this is done by beating the rice stalks against some container or with something to knock the rice off. I have seen it done in huge wooden containers, where you hit the rice stalks against the side, or against rocks, or lay it down on use a huge whip to dislodge the rice. There are also machines for this too. The stalks are used again too, so they are dried in little tepees and stacked into huge structures around trees or poles and the rice must be dried. This is one of the last processes that you are seeing now. A Miao (Hmong) woman is spreading out the rice in the sun. Each day it will be bagged up and spread out again until it is dry. Then it can be sold or used by the family. All of this to get rice.
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