I wonder if farmers from our two countries should talk, it has been a long
while since I have seen wheat stubble burning, about a year after it was
banned! Which was several years ago, I believe it is mainly ploughed back
in, and with good crop rotation this shouldn't be a problem.
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Gunn"
Subject: Re: Dean Florez (was Question About Smog Control in England)
> As one who lives in "Upstate California", there are rice fields and other
> surrounding me. The only burning of fields is the rice stubble after the
> harvest. There is quite a controversy going on, as it is evidently
> necessary to get rid of the stubble before planting the next season, and
> there is no economical way to do it, except burning. There is even some
> kind of fungus that grows in it, if it is not removed. The farmers have
> tried plowing it under, but it doesn't break down over the winter. They
> have even tried making rice straw insulation, rice straw energy
> rice straw "anything", but I guess the economics just doesn't work.
> is very aware of the smoke problem, and the rice fields are burned only on
> certain days - usually when a good North wind is blowing - so we have nice
> clear air, and the smoke all goes south to Sacramento. ;-) Not to worry,
> though - the politicians have set a date by which all burning will have
> stopped - it's currently being phased out.
> David Gunn, TR2 in Chico, CA
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