The path that begins in spring sees as a first operation the preparation of the soil of the individual rice paddies, which takes place with a carefully measured ploughing that turns the sods and enables oxygenation and softens the soil, preceded by organic fertilisation and followed by soil refinement works.
In turn, the levelling of the chambers that will host the new seedlings with a precision laser helps to regulate the water that will submerge the soil while maintaining the best conditions for the growth of rice seedlings. The thermal cover that water guarantees in temperature changes from day to night helps prevent the formation of weeds and preserves the typical paddy field ecosystem
The flooding of rice paddies in spring offers such a unique spectacle that it has earned the specific nickname of “squared sea” in the tourist guides. The water reaches the fields thanks to a series of ducts that since the nineteenth century have ensured the right supply in terms of volumes and in the right period.
A walk around the rice paddies immediately gives an idea of what is meant when we talk about particular habitats: the croaking of frogs, the chirping of cicadas, the presence of birds such as white and grey herons, and the sight of Egyptian ibis now sedentary. Only healthy and protected rice paddies demonstrate all these peculiarities.
The seeds of the new rice are spread in rice paddies in the days around the middle of April, then the seedlings are waited for to sprout from the waterline, which will be continuously checked even twice a day until full maturity. The banks of the ditches, which are left grassy, allow typical insects such as dragonflies and bees to live in their natural habitat.
Around the beginning of August the rice blooms: in a single day, the flowers open and close now pollinated. This show, accompanied by a very delicate scent, takes place only in optimal weather conditions: if the temperature remains low, in fact, the rice will not reproduce.