Rice Field Day is back and better than ever

18 Feb 2014 1:43 PM -
Unmanned helicopter

The rice industry’s premier research showcase, the Rice Field Day, is on again and is heading back to ‘Old Coree’ near Jerilderie.

After a three year hiatus due to flooding and a trial of smaller regional field days, the Rice Research and Development Committee, in conjunction with Rice Research Australian Pty Ltd, SunRice, the Ricegrowers’ Association, the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Murray Local Land Services, will be holding the annual Rice Field Day on Thursday 6 March from 9:30am – 4pm.

Rice R&D Committee Chairman, Ian Mason, said the theme for the 2014 Field Day is From Plate to Paddy – research responding to market demand which reflects the invaluable information rice growers, agronomists and agribusiness professionals will take home from the day.

“The field day is one of the most important dates on the rice industry’s calendar. There is a fantastic range of speakers and demonstrations lined up for the event this year with a focus on ways to grow the high yielding, high quality rice that has become synonymous with the Australian rice industry,” Mr Mason said.

“Some of the new highlights for this year’s field day include a working demonstration of the unmanned Yamaha helicopter and the latest in precision agriculture technology and equipment. R&D topics like
mid-season draining of rice; crop protection and pest control; plant nutrition; and the latest in varietal developments will be covered throughout the morning’s field visits.”

“The SunRice Chairman will also be on hand to provide growers with an update on the rice market,” Mr Mason said.

While the primary focus of the field day is to share the latest information in rice research and development, there will be some fun too with chefs from the high profile restaurant chain, Sushi Sushi on hand to demonstrate how easy it is to make delicious sushi using quality Australian grown rice.

“If field trials and presentations aren’t your thing, you can head over to see how the Koshihikari and Opus varieties of rice grown in the paddock end up on the plate as sushi,” Mr Mason said.

At the conclusion of the field day the Berriquin branch of the Ricegrowers’ Association will hold its half yearly meeting.

Bus transport to and from ‘Old Coree’ will be available from Griffith, Whitton and Coleambally as well as Wakool and Deniliquin (depending on demand). Contact RGA by 28 February to book a place on the bus. 

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