UC seeks California growers’ help with weedy rice survey

weedy rice

University of California Cooperative Extension showed off five different biotypes of weedy rice at the annual California Rice Field Day in Biggs in August 2016. A sixth biotype was confirmed in 2018. The heads were bagged to prevent seed escapes.

The University of California is seeking producers’ and farm managers’ help as they conduct a survey of weedy rice infestation and rice production practices in the state that may affect the weed’s persistence and infestation levels.

As you know, weedy rice is a pest problem that can potentially cause significant losses to the state’s rice industry. UC Rice Farm Advisers Luis Espino and Whitney Brim-DeForest are collecting information that will help the industry develop better prevention and management practices against this weed.

The questions should only take about 15 minutes to complete. Your responses are voluntary and confidential. Your answers will never be associated with your name or email address.

Espino and Brim-DeForest  assure you that the information you provide will be used for research and Extension activities aimed to help manage this weed and eliminate associated crop production losses.

UC will use the information as a tool to educate and work with farm advisers, pest control advisers, chemical and seed industries, government agencies and rice growers to develop and implement better stewardship practices to sustain rice production.

A summary of these findings will be made available to you via bulletins, grower meetings and the Internet.

The survey is intended for California rice growers or their field managers. Anyone completing the questionnaire should be over the age of 18.

You may also receive a paper version of the survey (you only need to complete the survey once).

If you have questions about this survey, contact Espino at 530-538-7201 or laespino@ucanr.edu or Brim-DeForest at 530-822-7515 or wbrimdeforest@ucanr.edu.

Take the survey