April 2016

Weedy Red Rice on the rise

Weedy Red Rice on the rise

The recently reformed Red Rice Task Force includes members of the UC Cooperative Extension, UC Davis, Rice Experiment Station, Butte and Glenn County Agricultural Commissioners, California Crop Improvement Association, Rice Research Board and the California Rice Commission. The interest in addressing red rice results from the increasing spread of the pest and the rice industry leadership’s interest in funding control/eradication options. READ MORE

Certified Seed and Rice Experiment Station Varieties – A Note from Kent McKenzie

Certified Seed and Rice Experiment Station Varieties – A Note from Kent McKenzie

Planting certified rice seed provides great benefits to California rice growers and the California rice industry as a whole.  Its purpose is to assure availability of pure, weed free, and high quality seed of rice varieties for California rice growers and consequently the California rice market. This has been an effective program for California, providing pure seed for the industry and preventing establishment of weedy red rice, providing varietal identity, and protecting the industry from contamination issues like Liberty Link GM contamination experienced in the southern U.S. READ MORE

Thiobencarb and surface water monitoring starts April 26

Thiobencarb and surface water monitoring starts April 26

New for 2016, is additional Bolero/Abolish (thiobencarb) sampling at two locations in Glenn County north of the Colusa Basin Drain 5 (CBD5) site found in the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge. We will also coordinate with monitoring at the 2047 Drain that feeds into the CBD5 site. The additional monitoring and sampling is in response to six thiobencarb performance goal exceedances from May 19 to June 2, 2015. We had to increase the monitoring program as a condition of the approval to use thiobencarb this year. The thiobencarb sampling under the Rice Pesticide Program starts once per week, increases to twice weekly, and then tapers off to once a week for the ten-week monitoring period. READ MORE

Update on Worker Protection Standard changes

Update on Worker Protection Standard changes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency updated the Worker Protection Standard (WPS), and published the final rule on November 2, 2015. This particular ruling is the first update to the WPS since its inception in 1992. Changes will be more onerous in states other than California where worker protection regulation began in 1972. In August 2014, the CRC provided comments specific to field access by irrigators during a lengthy water hold. READ MORE

CRC Summer Internship Applications due May 1

Know a college student interested in agriculture and looking for a summer internship? The CRC is offering again this year an opportunity for a college Junior or Senior to join the Commission for eight weeks and kick the tires on what it takes to keep a commodity going in today’s highly regulatory and social media driven world. READ MORE

Farm Evaluation and Nitrogen Management Plan Noncompliance

Farm Evaluation and Nitrogen Management Plan Noncompliance

As planting nears, remember to go onto CalRiceNews.org and complete the Farm Evaluation and Nitrogen Management Plan, if you have not already done so. We provide constant reminders for two reasons: 1) the Central Valley Water Board can levy heavy fines for noncompliance, and 2) rice has the only WDR Order with language to reduce the Farm Evaluation requirement by 2018. No compliance will result in extending the requirement to complete the Farm Evaluation indefinitely. READ MORE