Remember the smoke burning in the field

When they were still studying at school in Tho Ha ancient village, walking along the long village roads, on both sides of newly-cut rice fields, the children often invited each other to pack straw to play around. At that time, farmers used to burn fields, smoldering straw all day, smoke giving off a pungent smell. Yet every child enjoys it, running around chasing crickets and locusts.

It is the typical aroma of straw mixed with the smell of earth, grass and burnt praise. In the sunset afternoons in Tho Ha ancient village, the smoke of burning copper drifts, dark and light places seem like a fanciful picture of the countryside. In hilly areas, after planting, people often gather rakes to form a field or build up a tissue. When the rice is cut, the water recedes, people rake it out, and add it with straw to spread it evenly on the stubble to burn the fields to prepare for the next season. When I was in elementary school, I often followed my father to the fields to catch fish, chase mice, and chase birds, but my favorite thing was still burning fields. After finishing the preparations, my father started to light the fire against the wind. The fire slowly spread, and the smoke gave off a pungent odor mixed with the pungent smell of scorched snails, crabs, and hamsters.

The children in Tho Ha ancient village who liked the most were the crickets, the locusts, and the grasshoppers that flew up in the heat of the fire. Every time they caught them, they jubilantly shouted to the ground. The most exciting is that the bulky crabs crawling up from the cave are burned to death, the children scramble to pick them up and chew them deliciously. Only that, but until later growing up, the smell of burning copper still filled many people’s memories, forming an inconsolable nostalgia. According to a long-standing custom, people burn fields not only to kill weeds and use ashes to make manure for the fields, but also to disinfect and clean the land to prepare for the next season. After the first few rains of the season, a few fields have just been burned and sprouted a very delicious, sweet and extremely nutritious mushroom, considered a gift that nature has generously bestowed on those who have sweated. on this field. It’s a handful of fat, but it’s very rare and appears only once a year.

Time goes by very quickly. Today, rice is rotated to increase crops, agricultural science has changed more or less old farming practices. The agricultural extension industry also advises people not to burn fields, because besides the benefits, there are many disadvantages, such as the smoke from burning copper will affect the environment and health, and sometimes cause obstacles to farmers. road vehicles.

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