Planting rice the old fashioned way was back breaking labor. A single field would take hours to plant. With the help of modern technology, that job has been drastically cut.
This past May, I had the opportunity to help out my girlfriend's family plant rice. It looks like all I did was screw around and make a video but I can assure you that I actually helped out in this process! You'll see me for about ten seconds in the entire video! Next year, they offered me the chance to drive the machine. I don't think anyone likes doing it. Sadly, I missed the chance to watch the rice harvesting which is just as fascinating.