Counting the cost of duck damage

4 May 2017 2:11 PM -
With a very promising rice harvest underway across the Riverina, a number of growers are reflecting on the cost of wild duck damage to their crops during the establishment stage.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Senior Native Game Bird Management Officer, Patrick O’Brien, said the Rice Growers’ Association of Australia (RGA) estimates that the total tonnage of rice lost to ducks this season would be significantly higher than in recent years.

Mr O’Brien said rice growers reported that ducks caused the greatest damage to crops planted late in the season.

“The ducks weren’t a real concern for growers until mid-December last year, when they turned up in greater numbers and started to significantly damage newly planted rice crops,” he said.