Adapting a Rice Farm to Climate           Change.          Laurie Arthur           Rice Farmer
The problem
NSW Murray Allocation announcements modelled since 1892 on todays development               120               100         ...
Grain tonnage per financial year                     6000                                                                 ...
Managing Climate change Risk•   Invest in on farm efficiency•   Move to dry land farming systems•   Reduce gearing to allo...
Why rice in the Ord?• Tired of no water in south• Australia’s highest security water• Murray Valley and Ord Valley rainfal...
Moulamein to Kununurra 3800km
Rice out in head
The magpie geese stayed away
Lessons to date•   M Valley Quest med grain 150 days12ml/ha•   Ord Quest medium grain 100 days- 6ml/ha•   M Valley yield 1...
Will there be a rice industry up north?• Must contain rice handling costs• Need to increase the yields• Need additional st...
What I would like to do• Grow 800 ha each year in the north• Grow up to 800 ha in the south when water is  available• Run ...
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur
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Adapting a rice farm to climate change - Laurie Arthur

  1. 1. Adapting a Rice Farm to Climate Change. Laurie Arthur Rice Farmer
  2. 2. The problem
  3. 3. NSW Murray Allocation announcements modelled since 1892 on todays development 120 100 80% Allocation 60 40 20 0 Year ending June Oct Announced June Announced
  4. 4. Grain tonnage per financial year 6000 120 5000 100 4000 80Tonnes of grain % of allocation Cereal ton Rice ton 3000 60 Allocation 2000 40 1000 20 0 0 91/9292/9393/9494/9595/9696/9797/9898/9999/0000/0101/0202/0303/0404/0505/0606/0707/0808/0909/1009/1109/12 Cereal ton 193 194 242 229 341 217 234 255 374 232 460 220 713 290 Rice ton 167 237 264 272 243 335 330 279 352 487 460 188 310 318 480 936 0 0 544 420 Allocation 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 45 100 100 10 56 50 60 0 0 9 21 100 Financial Year
  5. 5. Managing Climate change Risk• Invest in on farm efficiency• Move to dry land farming systems• Reduce gearing to allow opportunity cropping• Move to new crops and cropping systems• Spend nothing and tough it out• Create a rice industry in Northern Australia All after several years of minimal income
  6. 6. Why rice in the Ord?• Tired of no water in south• Australia’s highest security water• Murray Valley and Ord Valley rainfall patterns seem to be counter cyclical• With a critical mass it has a logistical advantage• Rice has a deep world market• Australians have the expertise
  7. 7. Moulamein to Kununurra 3800km
  8. 8. Rice out in head
  9. 9. The magpie geese stayed away
  10. 10. Lessons to date• M Valley Quest med grain 150 days12ml/ha• Ord Quest medium grain 100 days- 6ml/ha• M Valley yield 10.5 tons / ha• Ord yield 8 tons / ha• Sowing rates need to increase• M V grain quality- premium 65% w g mill-out• Ord grain quality- results from PNG soon
  11. 11. Will there be a rice industry up north?• Must contain rice handling costs• Need to increase the yields• Need additional storage facilities• A rice R&D program must breed dedicated northern varieties• Must reach a critical mass (10,000 ton) soon
  12. 12. What I would like to do• Grow 800 ha each year in the north• Grow up to 800 ha in the south when water is available• Run both enterprises as related units• Help to establish an agricultural powerhouse in the north• Not break the southern operation pursuing the north

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