Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur, farmer

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Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur, farmer

  1. 1. Adapting a Rice Farm to Climate Change.   Laurie Arthur Rice Farmer
  2. 3. The problem
  3. 7. Managing Climate change Risk <ul><li>Invest in on farm efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Move to dry land farming systems </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce gearing to allow opportunity cropping </li></ul><ul><li>Move to new crops and cropping systems </li></ul><ul><li>Spend nothing and tough it out </li></ul><ul><li>Create a rice industry in Northern Australia </li></ul><ul><li>All after several years of minimal income </li></ul>
  4. 8. Why rice in the Ord? <ul><li>Tired of no water in south </li></ul><ul><li>Australia’s highest security water </li></ul><ul><li>Murray Valley and Ord Valley rainfall patterns seem to be counter cyclical </li></ul><ul><li>With a critical mass it has a logistical advantage </li></ul><ul><li>Rice has a deep world market </li></ul><ul><li>Australians have the expertise </li></ul>
  5. 10. Moulamein to Kununurra 3800km
  6. 29. Rice out in head
  7. 35. The magpie geese stayed away
  8. 36. Lessons to date <ul><li>M Valley Quest med grain 150 days12ml/ha </li></ul><ul><li>Ord Quest medium grain 100 days- 6ml/ha </li></ul><ul><li>M Valley yield 10.5 tons / ha </li></ul><ul><li>Ord yield 8 tons / ha </li></ul><ul><li>Sowing rates need to increase </li></ul><ul><li>M V grain quality- premium 65% w g mill-out </li></ul><ul><li>Ord grain quality- results from PNG soon </li></ul>
  9. 39. Will there be a rice industry up north? <ul><li>Must contain rice handling costs </li></ul><ul><li>Need to increase the yields </li></ul><ul><li>Need additional storage facilities </li></ul><ul><li>A rice R&D program must breed dedicated northern varieties </li></ul><ul><li>Must reach a critical mass (10,000 ton) soon </li></ul>
  10. 40. <ul><li>Grow 800 ha each year in the north </li></ul><ul><li>Grow up to 800 ha in the south when water is available </li></ul><ul><li>Run both enterprises as related units </li></ul><ul><li>Help to establish an agricultural powerhouse in the north </li></ul><ul><li>Not break the southern operation pursuing the north </li></ul>What I would like to do

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