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Conventional tillage and ridging Cassava

Soil preparation is an important operation in conventional Cassava cultivation. Farmers plow twice (deep and shallow) and make ridging to avoid waterlogging and assumedly improve soil structure for tubers production. Such bare soil with furrows is highly erosive in particular with Cassava that needs 2-3 months to have full canopy development.

July , Rattanak Mundol, Battambang, by RK
July , Rattanak Mundol, Battambang, by RK

Intensive soil tillage: the basis of conventional farming

The myth of becoming rich with annual cash crops farming was widely spreading in the early 2000s, where the soil was recently reclaimed and still fertile, and the price of cereals was increasing thanks to Thai markets. The farmers were happy exploiting from the soil by cultivating 2 crops per year like corn and corn as seen in the photo. Soil tillage is done at least twice for each crops leading rapid soil degradation with more problems of weeds and high cost on chemical fertilizers in this sloping area.

July , Rattanak Mundol, Battambang, by RK
July , Rattanak Mundol, Battambang, by RK

 

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07/2012, Pailin, Pailin, by Rada Kong

Intensive soil tillage: the basis of conventional farming

July 2012 ; Rattanak Mundol, Battambang, By Rada Kong
July 2012 ; Rattanak Mundol, Battambang, By Rada Kong

The myth of becoming rich with annual cash crops farming was widely spreading in the early 2000s, where the soil was recently reclaimed and still fertile, and the price of cereals was increasing thanks to Thai markets. The farmers used to cultivate 2 crops per year like corn and corn as seen in the photo. Soil tillage is done at least twice for each crops leading rapid soil degradation, increasing weed populations and cost of chemical fertilizers.