Rice Advice California

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 »

Early Weed Control Helps Protect Yields

  Matt Huston Wilbur-Ellis Company Woodland, Calif. I grew up on a pear ranch in Placerville. During the summer months, while attending UC Davis, I worked for a company in Yuba City consulting on tree crops. After college, I landed a job at John Taylor Fertilizers in Sacramento. There were very few orchards in the area, so I quickly learned ... Read More »

No. 1 Goal: Growing Premium Quality Rice

Drew Dirks AgriSource Maxwell, Calif. I grew up the son of a rice farmer in the Sacramento Valley and, at a young age, developed a love for spending time in the field. From planting to harvest, there were always new challenges to be addressed. While attending Chico State University, I had an opportunity to work on researching new ways to ... Read More »

Rotate And Mix Herbicide MOAs

Josh Cartwright Bear River Supply, Inc. Rio Oso, Calif. My hands-on experience with rice began with a summer job at Bear River Supply – a part of Butte County Rice Growers Association (BUCRA) – while I was attending junior college. Later, I was fortunate enough to be hired full-time after graduating from Chico State. Working with the PCAs at Bear ... Read More »

Strategic Water Management Is Key

Mark Gustafson Helena Chemical Company Yuba City, Calif. Growing up, I spent a lot of time helping my grandfather on his farming operation and knew that I wanted to be a crop advisor since high school. I worked for two years as an intern for Helena Chemical Company while attending Chico State, and after graduating, joined the company fulltime. I’ve ... Read More »