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A man of many hats

Charley Mathews Jr. takes a detail-oriented approach to growing rice, dryer operations and industry leadership. By Vicky Boyd Editor For Charley Mathews Jr., growing a high-quality rice crop profitably and efficiently is only part of the equation. The 49-year-old Marysville, Calif., producer says he also feels compelled to repay the industry for time investments made by others before him. “The ... Read More »

Nutrient Stewartship

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California Growers Will Need to Log Nitrogen Use as Part of a Statewide Ag Water Quality Program. By Vicky Boyd Editor Beginning this year, California rice producers will have to comply with the requirements of the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program, a water quality program implemented as waste discharge requirements. California rice continues with a commodity-specific program based on years of ... Read More »

Outlook is not ducky

California’s lingering drought impacts overwintering waterfowlby reducing flooded rice acreage. By Vicky Boyd Editor California’s 4-year-old drought not only has meant irrigation curtailments and planting reductions for rice producers, it also has reduced the amount of water available to flood fields after harvest for waterfowl. Winter-flooded rice fi elds play a signifi cant role in providing habitat for overwintering birds, ... Read More »

New varieties look promising

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Rice breeders continue to bring outstanding options to the marketplace. By Carroll Smith One facet of production of which the U.S. rice industry is most proud is the work done by its rice breeders. They are always looking for the “next big thing” to help provide another tool for U.S. rice producers to be more competitive in the world market. ... Read More »

A pretty good year, considering…

Despite the drought and a localized armyworm infestation, this season produced some very strong yields. By Randall “Cass” Mutters An overview of the 2015 rice-growing season in California would not be complete without mention of the ongoing drought. Statewide, the last rainy season (October 2014 through April 2015) brought only a small fraction of the state’s average precipitation; snow pack ... Read More »

A rollercoaster ride

Weaker demand and lower prices replace bullish start to marketing year. By Kurt Guidry The rice market is starting to feel similar to a rollercoaster ride with highs and lows. After starting at extremely low levels in June and July, prices made a sustained move higher over the next couple of months. Momentum from lower acreage and lower production along ... Read More »

Great Strides, Great Sacrifices’

California rice farmers reduced water usage long before the drought By Tim Johnson California Rice Commission In the upcoming weeks, the Sacramento Valley will look far from a drought. Farmers will start planting crops, joining the already fully leafed orchards. It will be verdant. To add to the illusion, rice planting will begin with acres of shallow flooded lands. You ... Read More »

Gorrill Ranch

Pursuing excellence since 1918 Ralph Gorrill was born in 1884 in Oakland, Calif., the county seat of Alameda County and a teeming agricultural region. In 1917, he put his engineering background to work by helping to lay out and construct what is now part of historic 99E Highway between Durham and Nelson. While working on this project, a parcel of ... Read More »

Reduce Cost, Not Quality

Passion, preparedness and perseverance pay off John Durand’s father was one of nine children raised in the agriculture industry. He farmed for a short time but left to start a construction company – the only sibling to break from the family business. However, Durand chose the path of generations before him. As a kid, he spent time each summer on ... Read More »

Is Scouting For Rice Diseases Effective?

Scout for presence and level of disease in each field By Don Groth LSU AgCenter In times when rice prices are low, producers must keep production costs low. One area to save money is on fungicide applications. Applying a fungicide when needed can greatly improve the return you receive from a crop. But applying a fungicide when it is not ... Read More »