Management of drill sown rice

Drill sowing rice provides several advantages over aerial sowing while still maintaining a high grain yield potential.

Increased water productivity and profitability are the most important benefits from drill sowing. Others benefits include; reduced lodging, no wind or muddy water problems, less aquatic weeds and duck and snail issues.

This factsheet includes information on layouts, land preparation, seed placement, sowing rate, row spacing, fertiliser management, weed control and irrigation management.

Brian Dunn, NSW Department of Primary Industries, and Russell Ford, SunRice, Primefact 1253, third edition, June 2018,