Drill Sow field walks a success
6 Oct 2015 3:05 PM -
For rice growers wanting to drill sow this season, weed control and good drainage are key to a successful crop according to growers at field walks held by Rice Extension on 29th and 30th September.
44 growers, agronomists and service providers attended the field walks. Growers were keen to have a look at how their neighbours were growing drill sown rice and some were converting from aerial sowing this season because of drill sowing’s potential for lower water use.
“Getting the first gramoxone, magister, stomp spray on is crucial, even if the rice is just starting to emerge” said Barry Kirkup, who hosted one field walk at his Gogeldrie farm.
Ian Payne, who farms near Coleambally also hosted a field walk. He said “Good drainage with no holes or header tracks was important so the water wasn’t lying about.”
Growers discussed the importance of getting a uniform establishment for good weed control and water management. Rodney Dunn from Serafin Machinery said “Setting the seeder up correctly is really important to get the right seed placement for uniform crop establishment”.