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UC offers pest management webinar series, including one on rice

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University of California Cooperative Extension in Sutter, Yuba and Colusa counties will hold a series of webinars in September and October to provide research updates on some Sacramento Valley’s major crops, including rice. The classes are relevant to growers throughout California and are primarily focused on pest management and pesticide safety. Both PCA and CCA credits are available. The Sept. ... Read More »

UC Cooperative Extension seeks input on research, Extension efforts

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University of California Cooperative Extension is seeking input from California growers of field crops, consultants and allied industry on how the division should approach research and Extension efforts. “Your input will highlight the most important issues facing field crop production in California and help us set priorities for future programming,” according to a news release. As a result, UCCE has ... 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 »

Still a perplexing problem

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California researchers continue work to unravel armyworm dynamics and trapping results. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Dr. Luis Espino, a University of California Cooperative Extension rice systems adviser, had hoped pheromone traps could provide an early warning system for true armyworm infestations as they have worm pests in other crops. But after two years of running a network of ... Read More »

Stay alert

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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 »

UC seeks cooperators for tadpole shrimp pyrethroid-resistance study

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• By Luis Espino and Ian Grettenberger • Do you want to make sure your freshly planted rice fields don’t look like the muddied mess on the left below (versus clear on right) following a pyrethroid application? Wondering if your tadpole shrimp are becoming less susceptible to pyrethroids? We do too! Pyrethroids are widely used for managing tadpole shrimp, and ... Read More »

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

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• 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 »

UC begins surveying rice fields for weeds

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• By Whitney Brim-DeForest • Similar to the disease survey we did last month, University of California Cooperative Extension will be surveying rice weeds this fall. The survey implementation was funded by the Rice Research Board in 2019, and pending the results of the survey this year, we plan to repeat the survey every five years, similar to the ongoing ... Read More »

Monitoring armyworms in rice helps reduce damage

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Armyworms can be a serious pest in rice as the larvae can eat the rice leaves or panicles and cause yield reductions. In 2015, a severe outbreak of armyworms caught California rice growers by surprise, resulting in yield losses. In a 2018 survey conducted by University of California Cooperative Extension, rice growers reported average yield losses in 2015 ranging from ... Read More »