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Rice Water Use Targets


MI has removed the previous rice growing restrictions for season 2016/17 to open up greater opportunities for customers across the MIA. Customers are advised best management practice should apply, including growing on suitable rice approved soil types. MI will be providing RWU targets created from the Hanwood CSIRO weather station to assist rice growers to monitor rice water use throughout the season. 

Griffith weatherstation summary:  MI-arrow-green.png CSIRO Weather Station website

Riverina Local Land Services – advice and information for irrigators

For irrigators wanting advice and information to assist productivity and sustainability, LLS have local offices in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation districts at:
Yanco 6953 2611
Coleambally 6954 4650
Griffith 6960 1300

Current Season

The 2016/17 final Rice Water Use (RWU) target for this season commencing 1 October to 28 February 2017, calculated using ETT and rainfall data from CSIRO Hanwood is 14.5ML/ha

The RWU target includes 2ML/ha for filling the profile and a further 2ML/ha added at end of season allowing for drainage/dry down.

Previous Season 2015/16

The final Rice Water Use (RWU) target for previous 2015/16 season totaled 15ML/ha and is provided for your reference.

Rice water use target progressive (ML/ha)

Rice crop coefficient now 1.16
AWS evapotranspiration figures are now calculated using the internationally recognised FAO56 equation modified to represent tall crops ETref_t. The rice crop coefficient used in conjunction with ETref_t. Is 1.16

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