The Rice Harvesters Reference

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  • Published: 17 Jun 1999

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In 1998, 2300 Australian rice growers produced over 1.3 million tonnes of rice as part of a growing industry worth about $A 600 million annually. Australian growers also produce the highest average yields in the world; production in 1998 averaged 9.4 tonnes per hectare.

Harvesting rice is the most expensive field activity. The timing, duration and mode of conduct of the harvest have a direct bearing on rice quality, efficiency, and on growers’ incomes. A delayed or protracted harvest often will downgrade the whole grain mill appraisal.

Rice has its greatest value as whole grain, unlike other crops that are ground or processed before sale. Maximum whole grain is affected by the season and timing of harvest. An efficient harvest depends greatly on pre-harvest management — variety selection, timing of establishment, crop care, water and nutrient management and drain-off.