This season, UCCE expanded it to include the entire Sacramento Valley. Last year, it just held the contest for Butte County producers.
The valley has been divided into four regions using Highway 20 and the Sacramento River as the boundaries. This helps reduce regional biases since location can influence yields.
The deadline to enter your field is Aug. 1. For more information, including rules and an entry form, visit rice.ucanr.edu.
The contest was designed to allow producers and UC scientists to share information about intensive rice production in California. At the same time, the contest recognizes individuals who have obtained the highest yields in the state.
Last year, Richter AG of Colusa topped the scales with 126.9 hundredweights per acres (adjusted to 14 percent moisture) using M-205. Milling yield was 66/73.
Read more about last year’s winners at UCCE Rice Yield Contest.