Hi, fellow ATSers! I'd like to tell you about an amazing place in China where rapeseed crops grows themselves! No, you don't reap what you sow there;
you reap what you don't sow!
There's an area of 200 sq. km in Xingshan County, Hubei, China, where farmers don't have to plant seeds to grow rapeseed. Every winter, the locals
will chop down all the shrubs on the hill; when spring comes, there will be a shower, and rapeseed will start emerging from nowhere. By April, the
entire area will be covered in rapeseed like this (www.publicdomainpictures.net...
Xingshan, but rapeseed looks the same everywhere):
According to a local farmer, the 20 villages in the area have benefited from this strange phenomenon for a long time. Each family can harvest over 60
kg of rapeseed every year, which is more than enough to make a living. In 1935, there was a giant flood in winter which was so bad that it uprooted
every tree on the hill. Next spring, the rapeseed popped up as usual.
The local rumour has it that Wang Zhaojun, one of four beauties of Ancient China and a native of Xingshan, returned to Xingshan before being married
of to the Xiongnu. She planted rapeseed seeds and chanted, 'sprout repeatedly, sprout repeatedly, sprout every year'. Although that's just a legend,
no scientist has been able to come up with a good explanation yet, although many have visited the area and proposed theories.
Strangely, this amazing place has received very little attention; if Google is correct, this should be the first English webpage on the mystery. Maybe
Monsanto doesn't want us to know about it so that they can keep producing genetically modified rapeseed...
Speaking of amazing crops, there's another amazing piece of farmland in Yuelai, Shizhu, Sichuan, China. Among the many terraced fields in the
monastery, there are five where no matter what species of rice you sow, you always get high-quality aromatic rice! (In case you didn't manage to
figure it out, aromatic rice is a type of rice with an aroma.) Here's a picture of the field (this is an actual picture of the area, unlike the pic
Like the rapeseed of Xingshan, these crops are not affected by droughts or floods. You get sweet, aromatic rice in these five fields, regardless of
The rice is so good that, during the Han Dynasty, commoners were not allowed to eat it. Government officials would have farmers harvest the crops and
bring them to the imperial court for the Emperor and his family to enjoy. That's why this rice is also known as 'imperial rice'.
Science doesn't have a definite answer for this field, either. The Qianlong Emperor wrote in a poem that this was due to the good 'earthly qi'. Some
scientists believe that there's an unknown mineral in the soil that can control the water content in the soil and encourage plant growth, which would
explain the drought- and flood-proof crops, but not the fact that they turn into aromatic rice.
What do you think about these agricultural miracles?
edit on 18/2/13 by diqiushiwojia because: (no reason given)