Drilling Ahead

6 Oct 2015 9:19 AM -

Jerilderie rice farmers have highlighted the benefits of drill sowing rice in the Riverina region of NSW. 

David and Rick Bryce of Kobar Farming Company Pty Ltd, farming 1300 ha 20km South West of Jerilderie, have had outstanding yields from drill sown rice in the 2015 season, resulting in a water use efficiency of over one tonne of rice per ML.

 The brothers, who have drill sown rice twice before, decided to drill sow again to maximise their water use efficiency and reduce weeds. Drill sowing also allowed them to minimise their risk if water allocations were not favourable, giving the option to cut off water before large financial outlays were made for the production of the crop.

In the 2015 season 31ha and was sown to ReiziqA yielding 12.6T/Ha and 23 ha and was sown to OpusA yielding 12.7 T/Ha, using a total of 11.5 ML/ha.

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