Rice Stubble Management

What to do with your rice stubble fallow over summer

With such a dry spring in the Riverina, it is important to capitalise on the valuable resources in the C2017 rice stubble, including soil moisture, nutrients in the rice stubble and the rice stubble organic matter content. If fallowing, planning for sowing a winter crop in autumn 2018 starts with the actions you take with rice stubble from C2017:

  1. Retain stubble to conserve moisture through less evaporation and reduce weeds using herbicides

  2. Turn stubble nutrients into soil and build up soil organic matter

  3. Re-laser the paddock to improve irrigation and drainage 

Rice Extension Newsletter, October 2017