Growing wheat straight after rice

Growing reliable, high yielding wheat crops immediately after rice is a great opportunity to improve the productivity of rice farming systems in southern NSW. The principle benefits are higher returns:

  • per mega litre by productively using the water remaining in the soil after rice
  • to capital invested in irrigation infrastructure by double cropping

This factsheet includes:

  • The important Dos and Dont's
  • Surface drainage
  • Soil type
  • Rice stubble handling
  • Wheat sowing time
  • Wheat sowing rate
  • Fertiliser and top-dressing
  • Variety selection
  • Soil acidity

February 2018, Primefact 1617, first edition

Sam North, Research Hydrologist, Water and Irrigation Research, NSW DPI, Deniliquin