A new rice variety is poised to have a very impressive season this spring, with new variety V071 predicted to take up a lot of the crop this year.
V071 is semi-dwarf, bold medium-grain rice variety with high yield potential, according to a release from the Department of Primary Industries. Other medium-grain rices include varieties like arborio and bomba, used to make risottos and paella.
The rice was bred in a partnership between the Department of Primary Industries, SunRice and AgriFutures Australia.
Research agronomist Brian Dunn said that V071 offers superior grain yield and cold tolerance compared with other popular grain Reiziq.
"Our research shows V071 has strong emergence and establishment vigour with reduced shattering, which will be of interest to growers," Mr Dunn said.
"Another feature of V071 is that its development continues and does not slow during periods of low temperatures like Reiziq, which is beneficial in cool seasons."
While the cold resilience is undoubtedly appealing, the upcoming season is poised to be particularly warm and wet so it's less likely to be immediately helpful but it remains a concern for growers.
"To minimise the risk of cold conditions reducing grain yield across all crops, we advise growers to grow a mix of varieties, over a range of sowing dates, using a variety of sowing methods," Mr Dunn added.
The DPI has been working hard compiling years of data on agronomy and phenology research to put together information on ideal sowing times for a wide range of different rice varieties. That information is now available on the DPI website.
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