Posts in Travel
2016 Rice Extension US report (2016)

Rice Extension led a group of 20 people on a 10 day tour to the Sacramento Valley in California in August 2016 to learn about the Californian rice industry. There were a mix of rice growers and industry representatives from across all age groups and areas. The tour visited farms, processors, research facilities, industry representative groups, water corporations and industry advisors. The tour finished with some recreational activities, including a visit to the Napa Valley and some time in San Francisco at the baseball and a bay tour. The participants thoroughly enjoyed the tour, which allowed them to make international and local connections, added to their personal development and stimulated them to review practices on their own farms. Rice Extension is currently investigating tour options for 2017.

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Rice Straw Utilisation - Value adding and alternative uses for the Australian Rice Industry (2015)

The Australian Rice industry produces some of the highest crop yields in the world. As a result, the by-product of this is a significant stubble load, which is difficult to manage.  Additionally, the silica content of Australian rice straw is significantly higher than most around the world. The current practices of burning stubble to allow a double cropping rotation are not likely to continue too much further into the foreseeable future due to environmental constraints and changes in policy. Few alternatives of stubble management are practised within the Australian Rice Growing industry, therefore, a ban on stubble burning could severely jeopardise the viability of the industry. Throughout the world, rice growers are addressing the problem of stubble load with methods that eliminate the stubble load problem as well as value add and create additional revenue streams from a ‘waste’ product. These methods include:  Biomass plants, Biogas plants, Strawlage as a stockfeed source, Erosion control, Composting, Mulching for high value crops such as mushrooms, Building products and High value raw materials.

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Study of Japanese rice herbicide innovation - RIRDC Project AGR-9A (June 2006)

This report presents the findings of a week travel tour of Japan in June 2006 by Malcolm Taylor the Australian rice weed specialist. The tours primary objective was to identify active ingredients in the herbicide mixtures under that were under currently under testing that may prove suitable for water seeded rice production in Australia. Compounds that offer alternate odes of action t Benzofenap were a key focus of the tour. The outcome of the tour included key contact being made with representatives of five Japanese manufacturers. Included in this were three formal presentations to these manufacturers regarding Australian requirements for new rice herbicides. Negotiations have commenced to enable samples of promising compounds to be made available for testing in Australia in the 2006-2007 rice season. 

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Study of Japanese rice herbicide innovation - RIRDC Project AGR-9A (June 2006)

This report presents the findings of a week travel tour of Japan in June 2006 by Malcolm Taylor the Australian rice weed specialist. The tours primary objective was to identify active ingredients in the herbicide mixtures under that were under currently under testing that may prove suitable for water seeded rice production in Australia. Compounds that offer alternate odes of action t Benzofenap were a key focus of the tour. The outcome of the tour included key contact being made with representatives of five Japanese manufacturers. Included in this were three formal presentations to these manufacturers regarding Australian requirements for new rice herbicides. Negotiations have commenced to enable samples of promising compounds to be made available for testing in Australia in the 2006-2007 rice season. 

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Forecasting Australian rice yield in relation to cold damage (2004)

This paper was presented at the International rice cold tolerance workshop. It presents information on research that was undertaken into testing two forecasting systems. The first system tested was a set of regression models for individual regions based on regional monthly temperatures and the second was a dynamic model that simulated daily growth in relation to solar radiation temperature for all regions. 

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Participation in the XV international Symposium on chironomomidae, St Paul, Minnesota and study tour to Washington State University (November 2003)

This CRC report presents a travel report summarizing the activities, findings and recommendations from a 15 day trip to USA. The travel included participating in the XV International Symposium on Chironomomidae in Minnesota. Followed by 2 days at Washington State University department of Entomology and 7 days at the Washington State university Research centre, Prosser. 

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Ricegrowers Association South American study tour and 3rd international (March 2003)

This CRC report presents the information obtained from the study tour to South America. The author visited Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay and concluded that at time of writing that drainage, water quality from agriculture did not appear to be of high concern. This was concluded to be a result the countries having a abundant of water supplies from annual precipitation, groundwater, and major rivers. The report presents information on each of the three countries visited and their management of rice including herbicides, pesticides and agronomy. 

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Trip Report- Water wise rice production (April 2002)

This report presents an overview of a workshop undertaken at IRRI in the Philippines. The writer presented ‘Water management of rice in southern New South Wales, Australia’  at the workshop. The workshop presented talks on the problems caused by water shortage in rice production in Asia, and was represented by delegates from Water Workgroup of the Irrigated Rice Research Consortium, Water-Less Rice Project, Growing More Rice With Less Water, Groundcover Rice Production Systems and the Rice-Wheat Consortium. The key information in report focus on water savings, rice on raised beds, aerobic rice, SRI and how these are relevant to the Riverina. 

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Many pathways to high yield - RIRDC Project TA990-45 (2001)

The International Rice Conference was held at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Banos, in the Philippines, 31 March - 4 April, 2000. The conference is only held every five years, and it provides a forum for rice scientists throughout Asia and the rest of the world to track new developments, present and discuss rice research.  The underlying message from a range of plant breeding technologies and research institutes is that my combinations of growth habits and yield components lead to high yield potential.  Further research needs to be conducted at Yanco to assess the value or other of using canopy temperature as an indirect measure of crop growth rate.  Several nurseries exist throughout the world for observing the growth of a large numbers of rice varieties. If NSW cultivars are to be included in such nurseries in the future, there is the need for the development of a policy by the owners (RIRDC and NSW Agriculture) of current and future rice cultivars.

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CSU students attend the 12th Australian Weeds Conference - RIRDC Project TA990-03 (2001)

The 12th Australian Weeds Conference was held in Hobart 12-16 September 1999. Amongst the delegates, many from CSU were four students whose trip was funded by RIRDC. The students were Giles Flower, Ragini Ravindran, Elisa Heylin and Farzad Jahromi. A view of the broader scope of weed research can give perspective to one’s own research in a relatively restricted area.

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The current status of control of water plantain - RIRDC Project TA 990-09 (2001)

Common water plantain (Alisma plantagoaquatica) is an aquatic perennial weed in rice (Oryza sativa) grown in New South Wales (NSW) and California in the United States (U.S.), and in cultivated wild rice (Zizania aquatica) grown in Minnesota. Cultivated wild rice and rice are dissimilar plants that are grown on opposite ends of the world; however, these plants do have some similarities. Both are grown in aquatic conditions, have similar nutritional requirements, utilise many of the same agronomic practices and machinery, and have common weed and disease problems. Currently, rice in Australia is relatively disease-free.

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2nd International Temperate Rice Conference-Conference opens up possibility for new research techniques. (2000)

This IREC Farmers Newsletter article presents a travel report on the 2nd International Rice conference. A group of industry representatives  including rice growers, researchers and extension personnel attended the Conference in Sacromento followed by a tour of the US rice industry of California, and southern rice producing states of Akanas, Lousiana and Mississippi.  The report presents a summary of the conference and post conference tour and actions that will be implemented as a result of the information. It concluded that sourcing international germplasm will become harder because of legal issues and the search for early vigor could be enhanced by testing in Arkanas, USA. 

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US rice study tour highlights (June 1997)

This IREC Farmers Newsletter article presents a summary of the information obtained from a RIRDC funded study tour by two district agronomist and rice research farmer delegate. The tour was undertaken to investigate environmental issues, stem rot, service deliveries, rice rotations and farm business management. Recommendations were also presented in the article. 

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Temperate Rice Conference - Physiology (June 1994)

A maximum rice yield comparison between Australia, Japan and the Philippines, and new computer based decision support systems were the highlights of the crop physiological section at the International Temperate Rice Conference. In addition there were papers on mid-season cold damage in rice in Australia and a provocative paper on methods to increase yield potential.

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My Overseas Travel (1980)

This IREC Farmers Newsletter presents a report of the study tour Sykes, J undertook to the USA. The time was spent at Rice Experiment station in California and the Texas A and M university rice sub station in Beaumont Texas. The author presents the differences between growing rice in California and Australia. He presents a brief on technology trends, management, nitrogen application, soil and tissues testing, forcasting growth stages and breeding of semi dwarf varieties in the USA. 

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