Nuffield Australia 2013 scholarship winner
Peter Kaylock, from Moulamein in New South Wales, received a 2013 Nuffield Scholarship supported by RIRDC and the Rice R&D Committee. Peter researched direct drill rice farming systems.
With his wife, sister and brother in law, Peter is owner/manager of 7,000 hectares, with a major focus on rice and dryland cereals. The family operation also produces potatoes, stonefruit, seasonal fat lambs and cattle. Peter studied whole farm direct drill systems, including an evaluation of the machinery used, establishment methods, fertiliser and weed control practices.
The itinerary for Peter started with the USA, in particular southern states such as Arkansas and Louisiana, as well as California, to get an understanding of their rice systems, machinery and new technologies.
“I also visited southern Italy, Spain, France and Germany to get an overview of how direct drill cereal systems can be used to supplement the rice rotation,” Peter added.
The International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines have embarked on developing similar systems and Peter met with them also.
Location: Moulamein, NSW, 2733
Telephone: 0427 340 527
Scholarship report: Improving Rice Water Use Efficiency
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