Chris and Sue Hardy - One paddock, 2.5 years, 5 crops
Chris and Sue Hardy of Coleambally have benefited from the adoption of new plant and infrastructure technologies to increase the productivity, profitability and efficiency of their farming business.
- With the advent of short-season rice varieties and improved irrigation layouts, some irrigators are successfully including rice in double cropping programs.
- Cropping systems are becoming more flexible with the increasing range of short-season crop varieties. If more irrigation allocation becomes available, growers can make in-season planning decisions without sacrificing the winter crop and capitalise on the opportunity to increase returns per hectare per year.
- Chris and Sue Hardy of Coleambally have grown five crops in two and a half years, alternating new rice variety Viand(PBR) with winter cereals, on an irrigation layout of beds in bays.
Leah Garnett, Extension Officer - Murrumbidgee, Rice Extension
IREC Farmers' Newsletter No. 199 — Autumn 2018
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