How to save 2.5 ML/ha water growing rice 2014

Considerable water savings can be made by changing from aerial to drill sowing and then further water savings can be achieved by delaying the timing of the application of permanent water. Water use results from 2009/10 experiment at Yanco on a red-brown earth (ETo 13.3 ML/ha) showed 4.8 ML/ha less water was used on the delayed permanent water plots than the aerial sown crops.

Brian Dunn, Research Agronomist, NSW DPI