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California experiences 5th straight month below average precipitation

california snowpack sampling

The California Department of Water Resources recently conducted the third manual snow survey of the season at Phillips Station west of Lake Tahoe. The manual survey recorded 56 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 21 inches, which is 86% of average for this location. The snow water equivalent measures the amount of water contained in the ... Read More »

Supervillain grassy weeds vs. ‘Kryptonite’: Who will win?

Vicky Boyd

If the weed kingdom had a band of supervillains, barnyardgrass and watergrass would surely be members. These species that belong to the genus Echinochloa wield super powers and are the bane of rice growers. Herbicides, once the Kryptonite for these grassy invaders, have lost their super powers in many instances as the weeds have developed resistance. With only a few ... Read More »

Despite recent snow storms, California snowpack remains below average

DWR february snowpack survey

The California Department of Water Resources Feb. 3 conducted the second manual snow survey of the season at Phillips Station about 22 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe, California. The manual survey recorded 63 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent  of 17 inches, which is 93% of average for this location. The SWE measures the amount of ... Read More »

Rice producer named to California Water Commission

kim gallagher

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed three, including rice producer Kim Gallagher, to the California Water Commission. Joining her are Amy Cardalis, a member of the Yurok Tribe and its general counsel, and Fern Steiner, an attorney and member of the San Diego County Water Authority Board. They still have to be confirmed by the state Senate. The California Water ... Read More »

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta farmers express doubts on ‘carbon farming’

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

• By Kevin Hecteman • Plans to convert nearly 200,000 acres of California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta farmland into rice production or tule-based carbon farms are being greeted with skepticism among representatives of Delta farmers. The Delta Conservancy, a state agency, has partnered with environmental organizations and universities on pilot projects aimed at stopping or slowing ongoing land subsidence in the ... Read More »

Late December storms weren’t enough to offset California’s dry fall

2021 California snow survey

The California Department of Water Resources conducted the first Phillips Station snow survey of the season Dec. 30. The manual survey recorded 30.5 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 10.5 inches, which is 93% of the Jan. 1 average for this location. The snow water equivalent measures the amount of water contained in the snowpack and ... Read More »

UC confirms 6 weedy rice samples; survey updates infested acreage

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During the 2020 season, 31 new suspected weedy rice samples were received and six were confirmed to be weedy rice. Three came from new sites in Sutter, Yuba and San Joaquin counties. The other three came from already infested fields. Additionally, we received five samples that could not be identified and need to be tested in the lab to evaluate ... Read More »

‘Semper Gumby’ took on new meaning in 2020

Vicky Boyd

The Marines have a motto, “Semper fidelis,” which means always faithful or always loyal. A twist on that is “Semper Gumby,” the motto of Marine parents that means always flexible, according to a former coworker whose son served. Considering the strange twists and turns this year has taken, those Marine parents may be onto something. Farming has always required flexibility ... Read More »

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 »