Rice Advice California

Research Benefits California Rice

I began working in rice at Rice Researchers — a private rice breeding facility — while attending California State University, Chico. Today, I am the technical marketing and research and development manager for Helena’s Western Business Unit. Since 2003, we have been creating weed control programs through our research efforts to combat herbicide resistance and also developing new chemistries for ... Read More »

To Control Tough Weeds, Rotate MOAs

As fourth-generation rice farmers in Butte County, my brother, sister and all our spouses are proud to continue the tradition of our family’s heritage. In addition to growing rice, I operate a commercial ground application business as a separate entity. This business does the ground spraying on our family farm, which represents 20 percent of my total service area in ... Read More »

IPM Approach To Weed Control

I have been a weed scientist for a long time and have worked with different cropping systems. The rice cropping system is very interesting to me because of its uniqueness and global impact as one of the world’s major food crops. All of its components, including a good weed control program, have to be managed appropriately to achieve the intended ... Read More »

Teamwork Is Key For Pilots & Farmers

My grandparents started Jones Flying Service in 1963, and I started flying for the business in 1997 as a third-generation ag pilot. In 2007, I also began farming rice and custom harvesting. And in 2016, I added a walnut orchard to my operation. Conditions for growing rice were favorable last season until we got a heavy rain in the middle ... Read More »

Weed Control Vital To The Bottom Line

After graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and getting my pest control adviser (PCA) license, I planned to work for a manufacturer or distributor as a consultant. However, after returning to Northern California in March 2001, I had the opportunity to start farming rice at Montna Farms and currently serve as the vice president of operations. Although I still ... Read More »

Improved Water Outlook For CA Rice

I was raised in Yuba County on a walnut and prune ranch, so a career in agriculture was a natural fit. I’ve spent the past 16 seasons as research manager and Pest Control Adviser at Butte County Rice Growers Association. My team and I manage the John Nichols Memorial Research Farm – a BUCRA-owned, 50-acre rice testing facility dedicated to ... Read More »

A Program Approach to Weed Control

My career in the rice industry began in mid-1997 when the company that I was working for registered Stam brand propanil in California. In 2001, the company was purchased by Dow AgroSciences, which had a portfolio of rice products. For many years, I was a Sales Representative for Dow AgroSciences and just recently assumed the role of Market Development Specialist. ... Read More »

Manage Inputs For Top Yields At Harvest

Jim Quackenbush Pest Control Adviser, Wilbur-Ellis Co. Chico, Calif. When it was time for me to choose a career path, I didn’t have much in mind. In the mid 1970s, I attended a career day at Butte College where a pest control adviser was the guest speaker. From then on, I was hooked! After graduating from Chico State University, I ... Read More »

Effective Weed Control Crucial For Good Crop

Hans Herkert Growers Ag Service Yuba City, Calif. B.S., Ag Business, Chico State University Licensed Pest Control Adviser Certified Crop Adviser Member of California Association of Pest Control Advisers Vice president of CAPCA Sutter Buttes Chapter Board of directors, Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Has consulted for five years on rice, walnuts, tomatoes, prunes, wheat, beans, alfalfa and sunflowers Enjoys working, duck ... Read More »

An Eye on Water and Weed Control

Jason Bowen Pest Control Adviser (PCA), Colusa County Farm Supply Williams, Calif. B.S. in Plant Science – Chico State University Licensed Pest Control Adviser Member of California Association of Pest Control Advisers Vice chairman of the California Rice Research Board Member of the Maxwell Volunteer Fire Department Member of the California Farm Bureau Federation Consulted for 15 years. Consults on ... Read More »