Rice Advice California

Research Focus: Rice Weed Management

I began working in the ag chemistry industry right out of graduate school. My work in rice began in the mid-1980s helping to develop the rice herbicides Whip 1 EC and Whip 360. After 30 years with Bayer CropScience, in 2009, I was offered a position with the Tremont and Lyman Groups where I am the director of technical services. ... Read More »

Collective Effort Ensures Success

In 2008, my wife and I bought Sunrise Dusters, which is now located on a facility where my father worked as an ag pilot when I was growing up. Although I don’t fly the planes myself, I feel like I have come full circle. My business philosophy is that I use the airplanes to serve the people who have entrusted ... Read More »

Doing Homework Aids Weed Plans

Despite an unusually wet spring in 2017, most Northern California rice producers were still able to get their fields planted on time, thanks to larger equipment that can cover more acres than decades ago. That doesn’t mean that they didn’t cut corners, like not allowing ground to fully dry out. As a result, weeds in many cases got a head ... Read More »

Plan For Weed and Insect Control

Growing up, I was surrounded by agriculture. My grandparents had a small rice farm near Willows, California, and my dad, Wally Cramer, was a pest control adviser (PCA) for more than 40 years. I became interested in following in his footsteps while attending Chico State and went to work for a retailer right out of college. Today, I have been ... Read More »

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 »