Largest rice yields in three years

The largest Riverina rice harvest in three years has commenced, with more than 800,000 tonnes expected to be harvested.

Australia's largest exporters SunRice said it was an increase of more than 200 per cent from last year. 

SunRice general manager Tom Howard said this was a great result for growers, SunRice and the industry, as well as for local and international customers who value highly Australian grown rice.

Moulamein rice growers Adrian and Heidi Polkinghorne have yielded about 10 tonnes a hectare this harvest. Picture: DREW CHISLETT

Moulamein rice growers Adrian and Heidi Polkinghorne have yielded about 10 tonnes a hectare this harvest. Picture: DREW CHISLETT

"Rice's flexibility and adaptability, and the skill of growers to successfully establish a crop, despite the late start to planting due to the spring deluge, have certainly shone through this season," Mr Howard said. 

"After last year's smaller than usual crop of 245,000 tonnes, as a result of lower water allocations, it's been exciting to see so many growers return to rice this year, cementing it as the summer crop of choice across the Riverina."

To read more of this story, grab a copy of Friday's Guardian (April 21). 

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