Many years ago, I got a book that talks of a new way of growing grain. It was invented by a Japanese gentleman by the name of Masanobu Fukuoka. His books are "The One Straw Revolution", and "The Natural Way of Farming". Basically, his main theme was to get nature to work for us. He did not plow. He pelleted the grain and clover seeds with clay and scattered the pellets across the area where they were to grow. The clover was to provide natural fertilizer. Straw was then scattered roughly (NOT laid down neatly, the sun must get through!) across the field. When the rice was partially grown he would flood the paddy to weaken the weeds and get the rice off to a good start. He double cropped, and would get the second crop started before the first crop was harvested (You can do that if you scatter the seeds in pellets instead of making a seed bed). After the rice was cut, the second crop (usually barley) would come on strongly and be ready to cut that same summer. He says he gets 22 bushels per quarter acre of rice AND 22 bushels of barley per quarter-acre EVERY year, which would mean a yield of 176 bushels of grain per acre per year. He didn't plow and he rarely fertilized (every farm sometimes produces manure or whatever, and he did put his on the fields when he had it to get rid of). I tried this in my back yard, but results were somewhat poor. I decided that my area was too dry in the late summer to make this work unless I watered like heck, and that would get expensive with a quarter-acre. Also, I found that the germination of the pelleted seed was not quite as good as when the seed was buried, and that my summer was a little short to be double cropping. But, because of the water problem I did not try too hard. It just doesn't rain much here in August so I would have to water like mad to start seedlings. Has anyone here ever tried this? Or made it work? It is a lovely idea for low-input farming if it can be made to work under Americas drier conditions.