UC kicks off 2018 Rice Yield Contest with a few changes

john deere side by side

The winner of the UCCE Rice Yield Contest will receive this John Deere Side By Side. Names of three regional winners will be placed in a hat, and the overall winner will be drawn.

The University California Cooperative Extension is launching its yield contest once again for 2018 with a few changes.

New this year is the grand prize of a John Deere side-by-side (XUV 560E) for the overall winner. The name of each regional winner will be placed into a hat and the winner drawn at the 2019 winter grower meetings. Each regional winner will have a 1 in 3 chance of winning.

But don’t worry. Regional winners will still receive the coveted Yield Contest Winner hat.

Instead of the state’s rice-producing area being divided into four regions in which growers compete, the state is now divided into three regions, according to Bruce Linquist, state rice Extension specialist. The change this year means the two former regions south of Highway 20 will be combined into a single one.

The other two regions will remain the same. They are east of the Sacramento River and north of Highway 20 and west of the Sacramento River and north of Highway 20.

Deadline to enter is Aug. 29, the same day as the RES Rice Field Day in Biggs. Download an entry form today.

Thanks to the follow companies, which supported the contest with gifts of up to $1500 each: BASF, Bayer, Corteva, FMC, Gowan, Nichino, Oro-Agri, Syngenta, Valent, and Valley Truck and Tractor.