After spending 10 days in Australia, I am back in the United States. Part of my trip overseas was devoted to meeting with people involved in rice production, and some are interested in producing rice under center pivots and linears. In Australia, the primary driver for producing rice under center pivots and linears is the shortage of water for flood irrigation. I visited with several people associated with rice production to learn more about the Australian climate, soils, and typical production process.
The rice crop continues to develop well; most fields are either early tillering or are approaching panicle initiation. The key focuses right now include:
- Weed control
- Nitrogen application
- Gradually moving irrigation application depth from 0.20" to 0.30" (10.0 mm to 12.5 mm), depending on the ability of the soil to infiltrate the water
- Watching wheel tracks under the center pivot
The rice in Ukraine is also developing well, but some weed pressures have been observed. The photo to the right is of the rice field in Ukraine.
Field Day | Eagle Lake, Texas, USA
We are looking forward to our first field day this month, and we hope to see you all there! Please see www.circlesforrice.com (Homepage) for more information on this upcoming event. We do ask attendees to please pre-register by June 18, but the event is open to the public.