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In the 2017/18 season we followed three growers’ crops in Coleambally to assess the performance of Viand.
Kellie’s role in the farm business focuses on bookkeeping and farm business management. Kellie’s background has allowed her to bring a new skill set to the farm business to help the business grow and improve profitability and sustainability.
We asked Gillian Kirkup to share her thoughts on achieving leadership roles and what has been important to her success.
Growing organic rice is a lifestyle choice for Bill Barnhill. He started growing organic rice in 1986. Over the years, he has perfected his management practices and has achieved impressive results with consistent yields between 7-8 t/ha. In 2017/18, the crop yielded 8.8 t/ha and at the price of $750/t he achieved a very profitable gross margin of $380/ML.
Peter and Renee have previously double cropped rice with a winter crop with success. Their standard practice had been sowing Sherpa after Canola, in mid to late November using the dry broadcast method. In 2017-18 they decided to drill sow Viand into a wheat stubble.
Peter and Renee have been growing rice for 21 years using predominantly aerial sown or dry broadcast sowing methods with great success. So why would they take on the challenge to change to drill sow 95% of their 1550 acres sown in 2017-18?
Clint Badoco wants to make the highest profit he can from rice. In the 2017/18 season, he drill sowed 400 ha of rice for the first time.
Claire Beer is upskilling, listening to advisors and talking to others in the industry. Claire is a regular participant at Rice Extension field walks and workshops. The farm is being rewarded as a result.
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.
Growers are continually improving their practices to increase yields and lower water use. In this book we share just some of their innovative practices.
Chris and Sue Hardy of Coleambally have benefited from the adoption of new plant and
infrastructure technologies to increase the productivity, profitability and efficiency of their farming business.
The rise of short-grain rice
Short-grain rice varieties offer premium prices and suit drill sowing rice systems.
Drill sowing timely and efficient
Drill sowing into border check ensures the crop is sown on time, increasing water use efficiency and yields.
More crop with good organisation
Double cropping with short-season rice increases returns per hectare by 26%.
Tropical success for rice
Far north Queensland rice growers share their experience of growing top yielding rice in the tropics.
Timing is key to high yields
Innovative paddock preparation in a wet year combined with conventional aerial sowing ensures rice is sown on time.
Best practices for Koshi
Investigation, listening and learning reveal the tricks to growing a successful Koshihikari crop.
Direct drill for early season advantages
Drill sowing reduces early risk and outlay, and provides water savings, less input costs and less chance of resowing.
Last season, a Yenda grower achieved the highest YRM70 yield at 13.3 t/ha with a water use efficiency of 1.4 t/ML and no lodging. The crop water use was measured by the MI irrigation meter and used 9.38 ML/ha.
Making hay so rice can grow
YRK5 is a rotation option to double crop to increase pro t per hectare when late water is available.
Success due to fine-tuned operation
Armed with up-to-date growing information, Koshihikari is producing great results in the Murray Valley.
Success due to fine-tuned operation
Early preparation, aerial sowing, good nutrition and mid-season drainage essential for Opus.
Flexible practices for variable seasons
Direct drilling rice into moisture before banks are formed ensures rice is sown and established on time.
Making the most of available water.
Short-season rice offers flexibility to irrigation rotations when late water allocations are announced.
A snapshot of seven growers in the Murray and Murrumbidgee valleys
This publication includes:
Part 1. Irrigation layouts
Part 2. Irrigation layouts in action
Irrigation water was scarce last season so Les Gillespie drill sowed Langi into fallow moisture to limit his crop inputs including water until the seasonal outlook improved.
Last season, this drill sown ReiziqA crop used 1.2 ML/ha less than an adjoining dry broadcast crop with the same yields & soil type but there are also other advantages to drill sowing.
Rob believes in working towards rotations that are agronomically sound & make the best use of water available. In the 2015-16 season, Rob planted rice straight into his canola stubble, two days after the canola crop harvest was complete in November.
What are Rob’s tips for those that want to try double cropping?
When Clinton Brill’s great grandfather started growing rice in 1924, he would have been mad to think that rice could yield 15 t/ha.
Case Study: Growing over 1 t/ML of rice in a drill sown crop
Kobar Farming Company Pty Ltd
David and Lisa Bryce, Richard and Victoria Bryce
1300 ha, 20km south west of Jerilderie.
The farming enterprise consists of rice, wheat, canola and oats. Sheep are used to graze the stubbles.