p@ and the Philippines

Hello world! As some of you know, I have been out of the U.S. for the summer. While I was thinking about what to blog, I figured that I would start by getting you caught up on my first trip:

In May I traveled to Los Banos, Philippines to take part in a 3 week training course on rice research and production. That is correct, 21 days of rice…and nothing but rice. It was a great experience held at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), an international research organization focusing on improving rice production in developing countries. I learned everything from rice genetics, molecular breeding techniques, soil nutrient management, all the way to how to prep and plant a rice paddy using a water buffalo. Instead of boring you with all the details, I thought I would post some pictures instead. Make sure to check out the captions for details!

Rice research at the IRRI experiment station.

Rice research at the IRRI experiment station.

Me manually threshing rice.

Me manually threshing rice… like a boss.

Me riding a water buffalo... Okie style.

Me riding a water buffalo… Okie style.

The Banaue Rice Terraces. These terraces were built on extremely steep slopes over 2000 years ago. Today, farmers still practice the same farming techniques they did 2000 years ago.

The Banaue Rice Terraces. These terraces were built on extremely steep slopes over 2000 years ago. Today, farmers still practice the same farming techniques they did 2000 years ago.

They also made us spend some time at the beach. This was the uninhabited island we stayed on for a day.

They also made us spend some time at the beach. This was the uninhabited island we stayed on for a day.

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About Patrick

I am currently a graduate student studying Plant and Soil Sciences and International Agriculture at Oklahoma State University. In between teaching and research my wife and I love to go running with our dog all around Oklahoma. In the past 5 months we have completed both our first half-marathon and full marathon. Currently I am experimenting with heart rate training and semi-minimalist shoes with the hopes of running some trail and ultramarathons.

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