Rice just as sweet for cane farmers

Rice growingWhen you’ve been farming a certain crop in a certain way for as long as you can remember, the temptation is to stick with what you know.

But like most things in life, nothing in farming stays the same and if farmers are to survive in an increasingly competitive market place they have to consider new crops and new ways of farming.

Farming smarter, not harder is the motto of many of Australia’s leading farmers and it’s an idea that’s behind a move Queensland’s Burdekin region to swap sugar cane for new rice varieties.

Sebastian Vasta is one of a handful of Burdekin farmers enjoying early successes from rice.

Read his story