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California’s snowpack measures only about half of average

san luis reservoir

Despite storms that dumped several inches of snow on the Sierra Nevada over March, California’s snowpack only remains slightly more than half of average. That’s important because it supplies about 30% of California’s annual water needs as it melts in the spring and early summer. The California Department of Water Resources recently conducted its fourth manual snow survey of 2020 ... Read More »

Stay alert

weedy rice

Continue to keep eyes peeled for weedy rice in California fields. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • The amount of California rice ground infested with weedy rice hovers around 14,000 acres, leading experts to believe that pest control advisers and growers are carefully scouting for the pest. And they hope the diligence continues. “We had three new sites (in 2019), ... Read More »

Bureau of Reclamation announces initial water allocations in California

Shasta Reservoir

The Bureau of Reclamation recently announced the initial 2020 water supply allocation for Central Valley Project contractors within California. Allocation amounts are based on an estimate of water available for delivery to CVP water users and reflects current reservoir storages, precipitation and snowpack in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada. “Today’s allocation comes on the heels of an operations plan ... Read More »

Second year of trials shows winter-flooded fields offer prime fish habitat

Rachelle Tallman

About 9,000 baby salmon have been placed into winter-flooded Sacramento Valley rice fields as part of the second year of the California Rice Salmon Pilot Project. The fish are in eight specially prepared test plots in a living scientific experiment designed to determine if any unique extra treatments, such as deep channels or vegetative cover, make these fish food-rich rice ... Read More »

UC continues studies into using drones to spot spray weedy rice

fixed-wing drone

• By Whitney Brim-DeForest, Sean Hagan and Luis Espino • For the past several years, California rice has been dealing with a pesky new weed, weedy rice, aka “red” rice. Weedy rice is a difficult pest to manage, because it is the same species as rice (both are Oryza sativa L.), rendering herbicide use next-to-impossible. In the southern U.S. rice-growing ... Read More »

Despite wet winter, UC yield contest winners still cut 100-plus cwt/acre

UCCE yield contest

• By Bruce Linquist • In 2015, University of California Cooperative Extension started the UCCE Rice Yield Contest as a pilot study in Butte County. The contest has now expanded to include all of the Sacramento Valley.Because of potential regional yield differences, the valley was divided into regions (1-NE, 2-NW, 3-S) using the Sacramento River and Highway 20 as dividing ... Read More »

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 »