Paddock preparation is the key to high yields

Paddock preparation is the key to high yields

Best yields are achieved when crops are sown within the recommended sowing window for each variety. Taking advantage of this dry spell can set the crop up to succeed. 

Ideal Sowing Time – Planting within the recommended sowing windows allows fast, uniform crop establishment, limited cold stress and floret sterility at microspore, and results in the best grain quality at harvest. Researchers calculate and review the sowing windows based on the performance of each variety in previous seasons and the long-term average temperatures across the season. Sowing within the window will ensure the best chance of warmer soil temperatures for germination of seeds, highest probability of warm temperatures at microspore and milder temperatures during grain ripening.

Rice Extension Newsletter, June 2017