National Geographic : 1926 Feb
Photograph by Charles H.Kragh WOMEN AT WORK IN A CrIN SE RICE FIELD The success or failure of the rice crop is the difference between life and death in many parts of China, where itisthestaple food ofrich and poor alike. The seed is sown thickly in a small field that has been flooded, and in a short time it sproutsluxuriantly. When the shoots reach aheight of six or seven inches they are pulled up by the roots and tied in small bundles, which are then planted inthe rice fields proper. These fields must be under several inches of water from then until harvest time, if the crop is to be bountiful.