National Geographic : 1953 May
© National Geographic Society 664 Kodachromes by T/Sgt. Robert H. Mosier War or No War, Man and Beast Must Go On Tilling Korea's Rice Fields Plagued by periodic droughts, Korea does not offer ideal conditions for rice culture. However, Japan's former occupation forces converted much of the land into irrigated paddies; so today rice remains the dominant crop. Above: A bull, guided by nose rein, drags a harrow, leveling the paddy and mixing fertilizer. Below: Farmers, growing rice seedlings in special plots, yank out clumps, tie them with straw, and flip them aside for transplanting. Marine dungarees outnumber native garments here.