University of California launches new rice website

variety trial map

Website visitors can click on the map’s red dots to view local variety trial yield day.

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.