SOON AFTER we posted the story about Dennis Miguel on October 4, 2020 in this blog, a long time friend called us up. He wanted to know what we thought about Miguel’s failure to beat the Indian farmer’s record of producing 20+ tons per hectare. Were we sorry that Dennis did not make it?
SORRY? – No we are not sorry at all. In fact, we are thankful that Dennis took the challenge. By doing that, he has proven something really amazing by undertaking his challenge under very challenging conditions.
POOR UNIRRIGATED LAND – He did not undertake his project on fertile, irrigated land. Instead, he planted on two hectares of rainfed field which means no irrigation. And yet, he was able to harvest 10.2 tons per hectare or 204 cavans of palay per hectare. The same fields used to produce only 50 cvans per hectare a year.
EXTRAPOLATED YIELD – Sure, the Indian farmer that Dennis challenged was reported to have produced 20+ tons per hectare, but then the record yield was arrived at by extrapolating based on the yield planted in a small area.
GOOD THINGS HE DID – Among the good things Dennis did included plantingt a high-yielding hybrid rice from Bayer, using a foliar fertilizer called Supravim, and employing a team of students from a local university to do weeding, fertilizing, spraying and other chores on a sustained basis.
MORE THAN GRATIFIED – We were greatly gratified at what Dennis Miguel achieved. And so was he, especially after I texted him that we would be putting him on the cover of the June 2017 issue of Agriculture Magazine which we edited.
EUPHORIC – He was euphoric in his text back: “OMG! D parin po ako makapaniwala sir…Cover ng Agrimag! Thank you so much! Mabuhay kayo and more power! Dennis Miguel.”