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Australia Rice Growers New Tactic in Battle Against Ducks

03 September 2012

AUSTRALIA - Rice growers in the New South Wales (NSW) Riverina hope a new sowing technique will help keep ducks off their paddocks in October.

Instead of sowing rice from a plane, a large number of farmers will plant it directly into the ground using a disc or tynne seeder, reports ABC Rural.

Russell Ford, manager of Rice Research Australia, says this sowing method is worth trialling after ducks decimated crops last year.

"There are a number of advantages, the ducks don't tend to annoy you, that's the first and main one," he said.

"You can use your own equipment to sow the rice like a wheat crop, you can often use your own seeder, boom spray.

"It does cut costs, but it does add more labour."

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