Overview of ownership of water entilements and what is happening to water now land & water packages aren’t tied together.Read More
Overveiw of water use in norther Victoria and who the governing authroities are.Read More
An overview of water carryover and what influences it has on price of water allocation.Read More
Overview of Allocation Prices, Supply and demand in the southern Murray-Darling Basin.Read More
Understand where Victorian irrigators are sourcing their water from.
A quick overview of allocation, rade and carry over in Northern Victoria.
Bilbul irrigator, Darrell Fiddler, aims for the most profitable crop, which is not always the highest yielding. In the high water price years since 2013/14, the rice, cotton and winter cereal grower has been drill sowing rice and delaying the permanent water for up to nine weeks after the first flush.Read More
Rice growers using groundwater on their crops need to plan ahead to minimise the negative impacts of the water salinity.Read More
Rice water depth management at microspore is critical in protecting the developing panicle from cold-induced floret sterility which can lead to large reductions in rice grain yield at harvest. At microspore, air temperatures below 15 to 17°C can damage the developing pollen, leading to floret sterility and yield loss.Read More
Delayed permanent water (DPW) has proven to be a successful alternative water management practice for rice growing that provides considerable water savings and significant financial benefit.Read More
1. Water budgeting
Water budgeting is very important as there is a direct correlation between water use and profitability. It is recommended that you record and understand your historical rice crop water use levels for each specific paddock before making sowing decisions. Strategies can be implemented to reduce crop water use.Read More
Do you know how much water you will need to finish your rice crop?
How much water you will use depends on how much water is in the paddock now, the date you plan to drain the crop, and how much water is drained off the crop.Read More
Good irrigation management can be divided up into two parts: getting water on when it is needed, and then getting the excess water off the paddock as quickly as possible.Read More
Low surface water irrigation allocations in recent years have led to the increased use of groundwater for rice growing. Groundwater usually has higher salinity than surface water. the salinity of surface water is measured using electrical conductivity (etc), and is usually below 0.2 dS/m (130 ppm).Read More
Monthly water budgets to compare crop water requirements and available allocations are very important. If crop needs are likely to exceed supply then decisions about buying extra water or reducing the area of rice by draining must be made.Read More
Mid-season drainage has been used by some rice growers particularly in the central and western Murray Valley for a number of years as a management tool to help avoid straighthead.Read More
A replicated experiment was established at Yanco Agricultural Institute in October 2008 with rice being irrigated at a range of moisture stress levels until two weeks prior to panicle initiation when permanent water was applied.Read More
Deep water for warm panicles. This page is based on a poster prepared for the 2012 Rice Field Day.Read More
Water depth markers are an essential tool for good establishment
Shallow water depth management during establishment of ponded rice crops is key to achieving high yields and water use efficiency. In shallow water, the seedling grows to the surface faster to commence photosynthesis to support more growth, better root development, develop biomass and less wind damage occurs, compared to seedlings in deep water.Read More
Deciding when to drain the water from your rice crop for harvest is one of the most important and difficult decisions in rice growing.Read More