Assessment of the use of degradable polymer films in early planting of aerobic rice varieties

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This project has assessed the cost and benefits of a proposed new practice for producing aerobic rice using degradable film that offers the potential of sowing at an earlier stage (during cooler conditions) and reaching maturity during the ideal environment occurring in the first months of Autumn

This project has assessed the cost and benefits of a proposed new practice for producing aerobic rice using degradable film that offers the potential of sowing at an earlier stage (during cooler conditions) and reaching maturity during the ideal environment occurring in the first months of Autumn.

The project involved small-scale trials in the first year followed by larger scale trials conducted over the following two years.

The benefits also include water savings and a reduction in crop impacts by pests, particularly locusts, and weeds.
 

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