New ‘Dry Rice 1.5’ ini­tia­tive launched

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

Rice re­searchers from across Aus­tralia are lead­ing the charge to achieve a 1.5 tonnes per me­gal­itre wa­ter use ef­fi­ciency.

New re­search and tech­nol­ogy to en­able high har­vest yields while us­ing less wa­ter to grow the crop is the aim of the ‘Dry Rice 1.5’ project, ac­cord­ing to AgriFu­tures (for­merly Ru­ral In­dus­try Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion).

AgriFu­tures rice pro­gram man­ager Michael Beer said the Rice Re­search & De­vel­op­ment Fo­rum held in Yanco last month showed real ef­fi­ciency gains are pos­si­ble with the adop­tion of new tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion.

He said re­searchers from the NSW Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries, Cen­tre for Re­gional and Ru­ral Fu­tures Deakin, Univer­sity of Queens­land, Charles Sturt Univer­sity, and SunRice joined AgriFu­tures and Rice Ex­ten­sion rep­re­sen­ta­tives to ‘‘share knowl­edge and build col­lab­o­ra­tion’’.

‘‘Re­searchers are now us­ing new re­search tech­niques to de­liver bet­ter rice va­ri­eties sooner,’’ Mr Beer said.

‘‘The rice breed­ing and chem­istry pro­gram has been de­vel­op­ing new ways to mea­sure rice cook­ing and eat­ing qual­ity as well as meth­ods to se­lect for these traits us­ing molec­u­lar mark­ers.

‘‘The pro­gram is work­ing on the dif­fi­cult chal­lenge of breed­ing cold and heat stress tol­er­ance into new va­ri­eties through de­tailed un­der­stand­ing of the phys­i­ol­ogy of these traits.

‘‘It is fo­cused on breed­ing high value niche va­ri­eties with ex­cep­tional agro­nomic per­for­mance and that match mar­ket de­mand for health­ier food op­tions.’’

Mr Beer said grow­ers can ap­ply pre­ci­sion crop man­age­ment us­ing on-farm sen­sors, au­to­mated con­trollers and re­mote im­agery.

‘‘They will have ac­cess to ac­cu­rate de­ci­sion sup­port tools and crop growth mod­els with weather fore­cast­ing and phe­nol­ogy re­search.

‘‘Re­search into over­com­ing soil con­straints and un­der­stand­ing the value of flex­i­ble lay­outs will al­low crop ro­ta­tions to be prof­itable and sus­tain­able.

‘‘A vi­tal link is a com­pre­hen­sive ex­ten­sion ef­fort to share knowl­edge and on-farm ap­pli­ca­tion of new tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tions amongst grow­ers.

‘‘The 1.5 tonne per me­gal­itre tar­get is the first step in an on­go­ing plan to in­crease rice farm­ing wa­ter use ef­fi­ciency and prof­itabil­ity.’’ 29 years of Poll Dorset breed­ing from top blood line studs. Cur­rent sires be­ing used are Tarakan, Rene, Graythorn, Derdy­own & Punch­grove Studs.

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