After a two-year hiatus due to low water allocations, rice farmers are back in business, starting harvest on the predicted 450,000 tonne crop – more than 10 times the size of the 2020 crop.
Cool weather has meant it has been a slow start in some valleys and SunRice reported that on Monday 44 per cent of the 44,0000 hectares planted in southern NSW were in the process of being harvested.
Despite the less-than-ideal cool temperatures experienced through most of the season and some consequent sterility issues, initial yields are reported to be exceptional in some regions.
Barham agronomist, Alleena Burger, BR and C said she had heard of up to 14 tonnes per hectare of Reiziq being achieved.
“Most seem to be between 10.5t/ha…