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Overcoming a slow start, California rice farmers expect a good crop

california rice harvest

• By Ching Lee • If early harvest results are any indication of things to come, California rice farmers say they should have a decent crop this year with good market conditions to match. Except for the late May rains that caused delays in planting for many growers, Colusa County farmer Don Traynham said the “very mild, good growing season” ... Read More »

California Rice Field Day showcases varietal advancements

teresa de leon

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Rice breeders at the California Rice Experiment Station are on a roll, having released nine improved varieties in the past 10 years. And their success appears to be continuing as they have two lines — 12Y2175 and 14Y1006 — being considered for potential release in the next few years, said Virgilio “Butz” Andaya, director ... Read More »

Blast is on the increase this season in California

blast in a California field

• By Luis Espino • Although blast isn’t at epidemic levels in California rice fields this season, the fungal disease nonetheless is at higher levels than during the past several years. The last time we saw a severe blast epidemic was 2011. Since then, we haven’t had much blast; in fact, I had not seen any blast at all during ... Read More »

UCCE to offer John Deere Gator for 2019 Yield Contest winner

UCCE 2018 yield contest winners

The University of California Cooperative Extension is once again seeking entries into its rice yield contest, and much like in 2018, it will offer a chance to win a John Deere Gator. “We realize that this has been a tough year for just about everyone growing rice; however, the rice yield contest will go on and it will be interesting ... Read More »

Keep an eye on armyworms in fields adjacent to California rice

yellowstriped armyworm

• By Luis Espino • The first set of traps were set up on April 19, and more traps are being set up as fields get ready for planting. So far, seven sites have been set up. As you know, there are two species of armyworms that are found in rice, the true armyworm and the western yellowstriped armyworm. Surprisingly, ... Read More »

California rice planting takes off after a delayed start

rice planting california

• By Ching Lee • After a late start, California rice planting is finally ramping up in the Sacramento Valley. Late spring rains kept fields wet and farmers from working their ground, shortening this year’s planting season, with some acres expected to be left fallow because farmers won’t have enough time to plant them. Colusa County grower Kurt Richter, who ... Read More »

Rotate Herbicides To Help Avoid Resistance

Matteoli brothers

• SPONSORED CONTENT • My brother, Jon, and I got our start in the late 1980s when the farm economy was in a decade-long slump. Commodity prices were below cost of production, interest rates on capital were in the double digits, land prices had hit rock bottom and farm foreclosures were skyrocketing. These unfortunate factors created the opportunity for the ... Read More »

Northern California’s Rominger Farms feted for conservation practices

Rominger Farms conservatioin award

Bruce and Rick Rominger, partners in Rominger Farms of Winters, California, were honored recently by the National Association of Conservation Districts for their conservation practices as producers. The brothers, who have a diverse operation that includes rice, received the Hugh Hammond Bennett Award for Conservation Excellence Farmer award at the association’s recent annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Named after ... Read More »

Buruau of Reclamation makes initial CVP water allocations

Shasta Dam

The Bureau of Reclamation announced initial water allocations for Central Valley Project water contractors. As the season progresses, the bureau may change the amount of water delivered. The initial allocation as based on conservative estimates of the amount of water in Sierra Nevada snowpack, current Central Valley reservoir storage and anticipated precipitation, according to a bureau news release. As of ... Read More »

And the winner is …

Bruce Linquist records contest data

UC Rice Yield Contest promotes friendly competition while collecting production data • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • The University of California’s Rice Yield Contest may provide bragging rights to the top producers, but it also has proven a good way to collect production data from high-yielding growers. “It’s a lot of fun, but we’re starting to learn some stuff,” says Bruce ... Read More »