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SRI, SCI, System of rice/crop intensification, anyone using it?

 
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This idea has been floating around a while but I didn’t find any links to threads here, so apologies if I missed anything.

NPR just had an article talking somewhat sceptically about the increased rice yields in Nepal with this technique. Here is a link from Cornell to get started...

http://sri.ciifad.cornell.edu/index.html


They are reducing their seed needs by 80-90
percent, and are working with the Fibonacci based cycle of growth to plant younger seedlings than traditional methods, and basically doubling their yields.

AKA  More Space Planting, giving at least 20-30 cm (12”) in between plants.

 It is like the plants can relax and grow to their full potential as individuals rather than being crammed in due to more is better thinking.

How many plants can I get into a bed...thinking close spacing, intensive planting with big inputs will increase yields, the classic French techniques... That is what I have been following, it seems so hard mentally not to!

There is one person online, Mark Fulford in Maine, who is trying this with row crops, pretty impressive results...

http://sri.ciifad.cornell.edu/aboutsri/othercrops/otherSCI/index.html#onions


 So exciting! Finding out how it works. For example, that part about transplanting at a much younger age due to incorporating the fibonacci based exponential growth patterns. Seeing the vastly increased root systems of the plants and just how much happier they all are.

  Wondering if anyone else has been working with these ideas?

  This direction of increasing yields to this degree, world wide, focussed on a small plot low income farmer, decreasing inputs, all based on an organic compost based system, not gm seed based miracle plant and petro based inputs, wow.
 
 
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Another link focussing on Mark Fulford’s trials, in 2014.

http://sri.ciifad.cornell.edu/aboutsri/othercrops/otherSCI/usaSCI%20_Carrots_Fulford_2014.pdf

 
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Wow, indeed, JW!  Thanks for posting this.  I'd read about 'SRI' years ago, it's amazing results in production (and profits) for Asian rice farmers... and the push back from the agricultural, industry & academic institutions who found it incredible, and said so quickly and loudly.   Now I'm off to track down Mark Fulford (sp ?)... thanks again!!
 
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So glad you are interested, Nancy! I have been thinking about why this works so well and I am wondering if autoallelopathy is playing a role. Reading about allelopathy is certainly a rabbithole!
 
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I noticed that the vinegar-citrus-soap herbicide seems to work well for him... will have to look for threads on this.

Also, FWIW, regarding the wider spacing, Steve Solomon has written a book on farming in dry conditions, and advises planting more widely spaced.

 
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