Posts tagged Temperate
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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Bitterns in rice : A pilot study of the endangered Australasian Bittern and its use of rice crops - Link (May 2014)

This RIRDC report presents the results of the project undertaken by Matthew Herring on the activities of one of Austraila’s endangered  bird species in Australian rice crops. The report indicates that there is likely to be widespread breeding of the Australasian Bittern in rice crops. The report reveals that a total of 70 individuals were confirmed using rice crops in the Riverina of New South Wales during the 2012-13 rice season. If these bitterns are breeding effectively and form a sustainable population, it represents the discovery of the global stronghold for the species.

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