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Webinars scheduled for annual state outlook and research reports

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• By Lesley Dixon • In lieu of in-person meetings at the now-canceled 2020 USA Rice Outlook Conference, the annual state outlook and research reports will be held live via webinar.  The bedrock of the Outlook Conference and the culmination of a year in the rice industry, these reports provide updates, research and analysis from land grant universities in all ... Read More »

UCCE plans half-day pest management webinar, Dec. 9

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University of California Cooperative Extension will hold a half-day educational webinar, Dec. 9, covering Sacramento Valley pest management. Among the topics are an update on rice weeds by Whitney Brim-Deforest and an update on rice pest management by Luis Espino. The meeting will run from 8 a.m.m-noon Pacific Standard Time. The cost is $25, and Califoria Department of Pesticide Regulation ... Read More »

Despite a few road bumps, farmer-owned brewery is up and brewing

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Despite delays caused by permitting and rain, Northern California rice producer and fifth-generation farmer Bill Weller finally began realizing his dream of producing farm-to-glass craft beers in his own brewery in January. The 40-barrel Farmers Brewing facility is located on the family’s farming operation north of Princeton, with Weller growing the medium-grain Calrose rice, ... Read More »

UPDATED: CA to ban gas-powered cars, trucks by 2035; heavy-duty trucks follow

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order that would ban the sale of new gas-powered passenger cars and light duty trucks by 2035. Any new sales after the deadline would have to be 100% zero-emission vehicles. In the same order, Newsom called for medium- and heavy-duty trucks to be 100% zero-emission by 2045, where feasible. He also set ... 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 »

Cold nighttime temps during booting may affect rice yields

• By Bruce Linquist • The period between panicle initiation (PI) and heading is critical with respect to grain formation. During this time, cold temperatures can result in pollen sterility as the plants go through meiosis. Pollen sterility results in blanking. Nighttime temperatures below 58 degrees Fahrenheit can result in sterility. The figure below shows the relationship between average low ... Read More »

UCCE publishes 6 rice fact sheets, more on the way

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The University of California Cooperative Extension Rice Team has developed a series of fact sheets to simplify and convey information about important topics that they frequently discuss with growers and pest control advisers. Each fact sheet is two pages long, back to front. There are six so far: Fact Sheet #1: Nutrients in Rice Grain and Straw at Harvest Fact Sheet ... 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 »

California Farm Bureau survey spotlights COVID-19’s impact on ag

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Lost markets and lost off-farm income related to the COVID-19 pandemic have proven doubly difficult for many California farmers and ranchers, according to a survey by the California Farm Bureau Federation. More than half of the farmers responding to the voluntary survey said they had lost customers or sales due to COVID-19, and nearly half said they or someone in ... Read More »

Dry weather aids fast start to rice planting in California this season

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• By Bruce Linquist • This morning, I was out with several members of our research team on the northwest side of the Sacramento Valley planting a variety trial. The grower we were working with had just finished planting all of his rice acreage (1,200 ac) yesterday (April 30). Pretty amazing how fast the rice is getting in this year. ... Read More »