Modernising Rice Data Collection

AgriFutures Australia - David Troldahl

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Farm Table says:

Growers will be able to use the information in this report to help them learn from the season just gone and make adjustments accordingly for the coming season.


This publication reports on the Modernising Rice Data Collection Project.

The objective of this project is to modernise the way data is collected from growers to avoid duplication and to encourage the uptake of the use of MapRice.

NSW DPI and SunRice want to work together to get the most out of data collected from growers and avoid duplication of data collected from growers. The resultant outcome from the two organisations working together is a web based solution addressing the data collection and duplication issues.

This report looks at the roll out, implementation and grower uptake of the Sunrice Geographical Information System (GIS) known as MapRice.

The report is targeted at rice farmers and commercial agronomists record keeping for rice growers.

The rice farming system is the major irrigated farming system in the Murrumbidgee and Murray Valleys, all of these farms would directly benefit from this project.

The rice industry has the capacity to produce more than 1 million tonnes of rice each year, from around 100,000 to 130,000 ha. The farm gate value of the industry is $300 million with the total value including export earnings exceeding $1 billion. Australia exports a large percentage of its rice crop to about 70 major international destinations including the Middle East, Japan and Hong Kong.

Results/key findings

  • The uptake of MapRice by growers has grown from 62.2% in 2013/14 to 100% in the 2015/16 season.
  • Growers fill in crop data only once instead of the multiple surveys used in the past.
  • Logistics at harvest for Australian Grain Storage is made simpler as crop areas are already identified.
  • Logistics for Sunrice to calculate crop forecasts and hence marketing opportunities have been vastly improved and sped up.
  • Identifying research areas through mapping areas of higher or lower yields will be integral for future research projects.
2017 - Australia - AgriFutures Australia - David Troldahl
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About the Organisation

Name: AgriFutures Australia

AgriFutures Australia is a new beginning for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. We are an organisation that proudly focuses on the future of Australian agriculture. We live and work in the regions and represent the interests and aspirations of farmers and rural communities.

Our vision is to grow the long-term prosperity of Australian rural industries. In practical terms, this means:

Initiatives that attract capable people into careers in agriculture, build the capability of future rural leaders, and support change makers and thought leaders.
Research and analysis to understand and address important issues on the horizon for Australian agriculture.
Research and development for established industries that do not have their own Research & Development Corporation (RDC), including the Rice, Chicken Meat, Honey Bee and Pollination, Thoroughbred Horse, Pasture Seeds, Export Fodder, Ginger and Tea Tree Oil industries.
Research and development to accelerate the establishment and expansion of new rural industries, such as Deer, Buffalo, Kangaroo and Camel Milk.

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