Applying nitrogen to rice in a wet year

Applying nitrogen to rice in a wet year – it’s not straightforward!

Applying nitrogen to rice is normally straightforward, drill it into the soil prior to filling for aerially sown crops or broadcast it onto dry soil prior to applying permanent water in drill sown crops. This year however, the excessively wet conditions have caused complications which may require alternative approaches to be considered.

Growers may not have time to wait for paddock conditions to be right for normal nitrogen application methods. However, before trying a different approach to nitrogen application, it is important to know what techniques are likely to be successful and which will not. 

John Fowler, Murray LLS & Brian Dunn, NSW DPI, Rice Extension Newsletter October 2016