At Bill Barnhill’s farm at Wamoon on 7 March Bill gave us an insight into being an organic farmer and detailed his management practices to grow high yielding organic rice crops. The day also included an inspection of variety and nutrition trials with Peter Snell, NSW DPI followed by a SunRice talk about the growing demand for organic/biodynamic rice and a talk from Neil Bull, RGA on new legume varieties to plant into rice stubble.
- Bill controlled rice weeds through a long rotation out of rice into pasture and timely irrigation management to drown weeds.
- The new variety ViandA (YRM70) is a potential option for organic growers in water-short years, particularly as it has good seedling vigour to outgrow weeds.
- The demand for organic rice within SunRice markets is growing and SunRice are developing an ‘in conversion’ program.
Summary of the field day from key speakers: