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The University of California Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources has launched a new website designed to be a one-stop shop of production-related information and research.
Found at http://www.rice.ucanr.edu, University of California Rice On-line contains information on variety trials, herbicide resistance, degree-days, fertility management, pest management, past Extension presentations and upcoming meetings, among other subjects.
The site also has interactive decision tools, such as the degree-day model that projects the date of panicle initiation, 50 percent heading and R7 – about three weeks after heading and typically the time to drain fields.
Users simply click on a nearby weather station displayed on a map and input their variety and planting date. The tool, drawing from historic weather data, projects the three plant growth stages.