Switching from Rice to Row Crops Using Beds in Bays

Careful management is needed if row crops are to be established after rice crops, It will take about 18 months for the soil to be suitable for row crops after the conversion of rice layouts to a beds in bays layout.

In southern New South Wales, there has been considerable interest in bankless channel layouts for irrigation, i.e. a eld of stepped bays with water being supplied to the eld by a bankless channel at the head of each bay. Conversion to this new layout has been driven by the ease of water management and labour savings, particularly compared with traditional siphon layouts for row cropping. 

Kieran O'Keeffe and Geoff Beecher, IREC Farmers’ Newsletter – Large Area No. 190: Autumn 2014