| How RLF Adds Value to your Crop
RLF plays an important part in the production of food crops in many parts of the world.
RLF is a major contributor to plant health and nutrition, and has developed new and exciting technologies to advance crop quality and yield.
It's 'Integrated Fertiliser Approach' has a positive influence on achieving the increased crop yields necessary as demand for food grows.
RLF is committed to its role of providing the best possible outcomes and products for agriculture and is a proud partner to farmers and growers throughout the world.
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- Rice is the main staple food in Asia, where approximately 90% of the world's rice is produced and consumed.
- China is the world's biggest producer of rice, growing one-third of Asia's total on 29 million ha, closely followed by India who produces nearly one-quarter of Asia's needs on 43 million ha.
- There is substantial scope to increase current rice yields, as on average, farmers only achieve about 60% of their yield potential.
- If the demand for world food is to be met, rice production will need to become more efficient.
- Better crop, seed and soil nutrition, along with other important agricultural practices are needed if rice production is to be profitable for growers, and for the needs of a hungry world to be met.
- There are four main types of rice – Indica, Japonica, aromatic and glutinous.
- A rice plant can grow from 1m – 1.8m tall, depending on the variety and soil fertility. The grass has long, slender leaves 50cm – 100cm long and 2cm – 2.5cm wide. The small wind-pollinated flowers are produced in a branched arching to pendulous inflorescence 30cm – 50cm long. The edible seed is a grain 5cm – 12mm long and 2cm – 3mm thick.
- About 75% of the global rice production comes from irrigated rice systems because most rice varieties express their full yield potential when water supply is adequate.
- In most Asian countries traditional hand methods of cultivating and harvesting rice are still practised. The fields are allowed to drain before cutting and manual harvesting involves the use of sharp knives or sickles and traditional threshing tools. Animals are often used for trampling.
- In Australia the growing of rice is concentrated in the Murrumbidgee and Murray Valleys of southern New South Wales and northern Victoria. There are eleven different varieties of rice grown in this region.
- An Integrated Fertiliser Program using RLF products can greatly enhance crop quality and yield.