Tag Archives: california rice

The name says it all

Bill weller and family

California rice producer and Farmers Brewing founder grows ingredients, brews craft beer on his farm • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Bill Weller’s dream of becoming a vertically integrated rice producer and commercial craft brewer are finally coming to fruition after lengthy permitting and weather delays. “I always wanted to do this, but we’ve been busy growing the farm over the ... Read More »

UC seeks California growers’ help with weedy rice survey

weedy rice

The University of California is seeking producers’ and farm managers’ help as they conduct a survey of weedy rice infestation and rice production practices in the state that may affect the weed’s persistence and infestation levels. As you know, weedy rice is a pest problem that can potentially cause significant losses to the state’s rice industry. UC Rice Farm Advisers Luis ... Read More »

UC farm advisers ID new weedy rice biotype in a field

type 6 weedy rice

This season, University of California Cooperative Extension rice farm advisers were contacted by several growers and pest control advisers to inspect plants suspected to be weedy rice. When the identification was difficult, farm advisers grew them in the greenhouse to determine if they were weedy or not. Of these, only five turned out to be weedy. The infestations in these fields ... Read More »

California governor signs winter rice field habitat incentive bill

geese flooded fields

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 2348, also known as the “California Winter Rice Habitat Incentive Program.” Carried by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters), the legislation authorizes the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to contract with private landowners or lessees to flood rice ground for at least 70 days between Oct. 15 and March 15, according to the ... Read More »

California Rice Commission seeks board nominations

California Rice Commission logo

The California Rice Commission is seeking nominations to fill open seats on its board of directors. The following seats are open by district: • District 1 (Butte County) – 2 member; 3 alternate • District 2 (Colusa County) – 2 member; 4 alternate • District 3 (Glenn, Tehema and north) – 2 member; 3 alternate • District 4 (Yuba, Sutter) ... Read More »

Honing a craft

toasted and malted rice

Retired California rice researcher Jim Eckert refines rice malting for gluten-free brewing and distilling. By Vicky Boyd,  Editor — To describe Chico, California-based Eckert Malting and Brewing Co. as a labor of love is an understatement. What started as Jim Eckert trying to home-brew beer for his wife, who had become gluten intolerant, has evolved into a commercial-scale gluten-free rice ... Read More »

Good straw residue management tops stem rot control options

Winter flooded California rice fields

In the past few years, the number of calls I have received about disease management has increased considerably. Most of them were about stem rot, a disease that seems prevalent in many areas of the Sacramento Valley. Stem rot is a fungal disease. In the fall, the fungus forms resting structures called sclerotia inside infected tillers. These sclerotia survive in ... Read More »