Tag Archives: california rice

UC offers pest management webinar series, including one on rice

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University of California Cooperative Extension in Sutter, Yuba and Colusa counties will hold a series of webinars in September and October to provide research updates on some Sacramento Valley’s major crops, including rice. The classes are relevant to growers throughout California and are primarily focused on pest management and pesticide safety. Both PCA and CCA credits are available. The Sept. ... Read More »

Start collecting California rice weed seeds for resistance testing

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It’s that time again! If you would like to submit seeds for herbicide resistance testing, many weed species will be maturing right about now. The UCCE Rice Weeds Program tests grower submitted seed samples of potentially herbicide-resistant watergrass species, sprangletop, smallflower umbrella sedge and bulrush. However, we encourage you to submit ANY species that you suspect to be resistant. We ... Read More »

California Rice Field Day goes virtual Aug. 26

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Some folks may miss riding around in the panel trucks listening to different presentations during the annual Rice Field Day at the California Rice Experiment Station near Biggs. But for many others who prefer not being in the hot sun much of the morning, they’ll be able to enjoy the field day’s virtual format in the comfort of their office ... Read More »

Blast on the upswing in California

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• By Luis Espino • I have been getting quite a few questions regarding blast, mostly from Glenn and Colusa counties. It seems that 2020 will be a year with significant blast pressure. Under California conditions, blast can be observed in fields before heading. This occurrence is referred to as leaf blast. Later, when panicles emerge, blast can infect the ... Read More »

Composite board makers look for greener production methods

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Composite binders are important materials used in furniture, flooring and other consumer products, but they can pose health hazards. Now, Purdue University researchers have developed a lower-cost, sustainable and greener method for producing composite boards – a method that is already seeing growing support from major industry players. Fabrication of many composite boards requires the use of formaldehyde-based resin binders ... Read More »

The heat is on in California

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• By Dr. Steve Linscombe • California rice growers are watching their thermometers as much as they are observing their rice fields these days. Daily high temperatures are forecasted to be well above 100 degrees through Saturday in Colusa — located on the west side of the Sacramento Valley — reaching as high as 110 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday. Temperatures ... Read More »

California grower partners with Japanese brewer on premium saké

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• By Jim Guinn • Rice harvested at Koda Farms, a Japanese-founded farm in Merced County, California, is being used to make saké at a brewery in the Japan Fukushima Prefecture city of Nihonmatsu. Koda Farms entered into an arrangement with the brewery, Ninki Shuzo, to provide ingredients for two new premium rice wines dubbed “Uka.” Ross Koda, a third-generation ... Read More »

Rice production stars in new children’s book, ‘Daddy’s Got Dirt’

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Matthew Sligar wears many hats: California rice producer, video blogger, husband and father, to name a few. Now he can add children’s book author to his growing list of job titles. About three years after Sligar came up with the idea and began work on “Daddy’s Got Dirt – A California Rice Story,” the book is now on local store ... Read More »

Logistics, water supplies affect California rice planting

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• By Ching Lee • Ideal planting conditions should have allowed rice farmers throughout the Sacramento Valley plenty of time to prepare and seed their fields this spring, But short supplies of a liquid fertilizer have slowed their progress, leaving some of them scrambling to make last-minute adjustments. Most rice farmers use aqua-ammonia, a key source of nitrogen for their ... Read More »

Aqua-ammonia vs. liquid urea – Round 2

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• By Bruce Linquist • Following my blog post about a week ago (see below) about using urea or aqua-ammonia (aqua), a number of people have been asking to see the data. The study was conducted in 2017 at the Rice Experiment Station. Aqua and liquid urea were applied at three rates (50, 100 and 150 lb N/ac). Both N ... Read More »