Rice Extension Newsletter September 2018


Rice Extension Newsletter | September 2018

Opportunities for growers, agronomists and industry to hear the latest in rice research, technology and innovation have been numerous over the last month. We have held great workshops and it was great to catch up with some of you there. For those growers who didn’t get to the events we have included summaries of the Pre-seasons in this newsletter. Information presented from all past events is available on our website: Riceextension.org.au /past-event-resources/

Please call us if you would like a copy of the handouts from the Pre-Season meetings – 2018 NSW DPI Rice Variety Guide, Rice Crop Protection Guide & Rice Growing Guide sent to you. Copies maybe available from your agronomists as we have dropped a few copies off to them.

Remember there is still time to do your numbers to assess the fixed price, hectare based contracts for rice harvested in 2019 from SunRice – contracts are still open for all varieties.

Click here for the hard copy gross margin templates and to access Rice$cenario

Stories this month:

  • WGY results 2018

  • Weed control in a dry season

  • Maintenance and setting up drill/air seeders for sowing

  • Accu-Spread now available to the public

  • Online seed ordering system with MapRice

  • Summary of preseason meetings

  • September – October Rice Grower Key Practices Diary

  • Apply now for the Australian Rural Leadership Program - closes 30 September

  • Irrigated Cropping Council Field day – 10am 26 September

  • Jan Cathcart Scholarship

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Reiziq grown across all regions averaged 53.8% WGY

  • The top 50,000 tonnes (when ordered by WGY) averaged 62.7% WGY at an average delivery moisture of 19.8% and yielded 11.9 tonne/ha.

  • In comparison the bottom 50,000 tonnes averaged 36.4% WGY at an average delivery moisture of 15.5% and yielded 10.1 tonne/ha.

There were many growers that achieved excellent WGY results this year even though the WGY seasonal average was low. This can be seen in the WGY distribution graph for Reiziq below. There were a number of lots with high WGY results around 55 - 65%. The highest WGY for Reiziq was 68.1%.
The lower seasonal WGY average can be explained by the ‘long tail’ of low WGY results, see the graph for Reiziq below (this long tail was common to all varieties). The delivery moisture of some crops was below 15% moisture. Some grain was delivered at below 10% moisture.

Distribution graph of all Reiziq lots delivered across all regions, showing the weighted seasonal average WGY% of 53.8% (red line). Many lots achieved higher than average WGY and a premium. Some lots achieved extremely low WGY and a big discount.

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For further information about appraisal premium payment matters, please contact Grower Services on 1800 654 557 or 02 6953 0436.

To speak with a SunRice Field Officer about your results, please contact Mark Groat on 0419 174 772 (MIA and CIA) or Anna Jewell on 0409 567 429 (Murray Valley).

Click here for more information about the WGY results this season

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Malcolm Taylor
Drill sowing with delayed permanent water requires freedom from weed competition for approximately 50-60 days through repeated wetting and drying cycles:

  • Use a knockdown no more than 7 days prior to sowing. Glyphosate is usually best for this purpose with some HAMMER added to enhanced broadleaf weed control. Avoid adding 2,4-D or metsulfuron so close to seeding, especially under dry conditions.

  • Minimise surface ash and trash. Cultivating and/or grading will incorporate surface residues.

  • Use full rates of the 3-way mix - MAGISTER plus STOMP plus GRAMOXONE post flush, pre emergence, then to clean up any late weed escapes apply AURA or BARNSTORM. (plus additional STOMP if extended residual control is needed)

Do not mix MAGISTER with BARNSTORM or AURA due to antagonism with these mixtures.

  • If you missed the 3-way mix timing and the crop is newly emerged,  drop GRAMOXONE and substitute STAM – however it is expensive, poor on large barnyard grass and ineffective on silvertop grass.

  •  If weeds are becoming an issue a month post sowing then consider applying permanent water.

  • Don’t spray AURA or BARNSTORM in dry conditions and/or too late.

Remember the best weed control may cost more but will result in increased yield. 
In a series of trials last year the 3-way mix followed by BARNSTORM gave best weed control and best gross margin.

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Good maintenance and set up of drill sowing planting gear will maximise establishment in drill sown rice crops.

Uniform establishment is the key to a successful rice crop. Ensure your sowing machine (or the contractors’ machine) is well serviced and operational before sowing time.

If you haven’t got your machine out yet, these checklists may assist in ensuring your seeding machine operates optimally this season. Click here for checklists

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Photo: Brian Dunn

Does this picture look familiar? Did you have a major problem with spreader variability in your rice last year?

Conservative estimates calculate that there could be 18 days difference to maturity at harvest across this paddock – this will down grade grain quality and yield. Some strips of the paddock received insufficient fertilizer and reduced yield, while other strips received more than the crop required and promoted lodging.

Well good news, now the Accu-Spread® software (an Excel spreadsheet) is available to all, at a price of $15 per test for AFSA and Fertilizer Australia members and $30 per test for non-members. Testing involves driving an operating spreader over a line of collection trays, weighing the contents of each tray and calculating the variation in spread pattern to determine an acceptable bout width using the software.

Go to this website to find out more: https://www.fertilizer.org.au/Fertcare/Accurate-Spreading

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A new online seed ordering tool is now available to make growing rice as streamlined as possible, as part of SunRice’s enhanced MapRice Geographic Information System (GIS).
You can now order your C2019 seed using this new technology, which can be accessed securely via the Grower Services portal.
Your seed orders will now be linked to your MapRice GIS account, offering you greater visibility across all of your on-farm operations in one handy location.
Click here to go to the 2018 MapRice GIS instructions.
Please contact Grower Services to assist you in using the new online seed ordering tool on
1800 654 557
The Grower Services team will provide extensive help to all users of the Growers Portal, including a user guide and one-on-one demonstrations.

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Rice Extension conducted the 2018 Preseason meetings in late August. In case you missed it, all the updates on rice growing from the meetings are available on the Rice Extension website or click here
Information from research, grower case studies and industry data all agree that yields are similar for drill sown rice crops and aerial /dry broadcast crops. Also 2 ML/ha water savings are common when changing from aerial/dry broadcast sowing to the drill sowing method.
“Brian Dunn’s best options for 2018-19”

  • Choose the most water efficient field with good layout

  • Have the paddock prepared and ready to go

  • Pick the variety that will return you the best $/ML

  • Drill will save you 1.5 to 2 ML/ha over aerial/dry broadcast

  • Delay the permanent water if you have sown early enough and weeds are OK – save 2.5 to 3.5 ML/ha over aerial/dry broadcast

  • Sow Viand with late water allocations (do not DPW when sowing late)

One of the most important changes for the 2018/19 season is a change to the recommended sowing windows. The result of research completed by Brian Dunn from NSW DPI showing best yields and quality will be achieved when sowing within the new windows.
Recommended sowing windows for 2018/19

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Farm Operations

  • Before running high flows, soak up the channels if new infrastructure has been installed or there are cracks in the channel banks due to a lack of moisture. Bank blow outs can be costly in terms of lost water and time to repair the damage.

  • Put out wildlife control equipment when filling your rice bays up so they don’t get settled in.

  • Put depth peg markers out so they can be installed when filling your rice bays.


  • Calibrate and check the seeder


  • If you didn’t get to a preseason meeting-check out the latest information that was presented at these meetings here

  • Update water budgets to reflect allocation updates and water efficiency announcements for irrigation companies.

  • Update annual cash flow budgets.

  • Prepare the July-September Business Activity Statement

  • Place seed order via SunRice Grower services web portal

  • Do you need additional finance? Consider options such as GrowRice finance or speak to your bank manager.

  • Renew game license and complete the Wildlife Identification Test.

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Applications close 30 September so get in quick to apply for the opportunity of a spot in this iconic program. If you are a leader:

  • from or working for rural, regional and remote Australia

  • with a genuine commitment to the ‘greater good’ of rural, regional and remote Australia.

Click here to apply now for the Australian Rural Leadership Program

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September 26 @ the ICC Field site, 407 Kerang- Koondrook Road, Kerang.
10.00am to 3.00pm
RSVP for catering at www.irrigatedcroppingcouncil.com.au/events
Cost: $40 for non-members

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Calling women connected to Australia’s rice industry!

If you’re undertaking tertiary study this is for you. Apply now for SunRice’s Jan Cathcart Scholarship, valued at $10,000 a year for up to three years of tertiary study. The scholarship offers numerous opportunities, from financial support to work experience and employment placements with SunRice and professional and personal growth.

Apply at www.sunrice.com.au/jancathcartscholarship

Watch this short video to hear how the scholarship has had a profound impact on Samantha Glenn’s career: