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Thiobencarb exceedances continue for a second straight week

Thiobencarb exceedances continue for a second straight week

In just the third week of monitoring, there has been a second series of exceedances. The thiobencarb monitoring results show performance goal exceedances of 1.8 parts per billion at the two northern drain sites – Butte Slough and Colusa Basin Drain 5. On the same date, we had an exceedance of 2.7 parts per billion at one of the two additional sites monitored by the Department of Pesticide Regulation.

These numbers were recorded at the third sampling event of the season held on May 23. We trigger the start of the monitoring season from surveying growers about planting dates, and coordination with county agricultural commissioners on the thiobencarb notices of intent. The monitoring season start was two weeks later than our traditional date on the last Tuesday in April.

We are following up with the Department of Pesticide Regulation on recommendations to the management practices.

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Rice Industry Calendar a key resource during meeting season

We are nearing one of the busiest times of the year for industry meetings. Our industry calendar provides a helpful, single location to keep up to date.

The calendar is updated with CRC Committee and Board Meetings, the USA Rice Outlook Conference, University of California Cooperative Extension Annual Meetings and other important events.

If you have a significant event of interest to the entire industry, here is a link to submit information for the calendar.

Help Minimize Mosquitoes during Fall Flooding

Help Minimize Mosquitoes during Fall Flooding

It’s that time of year again when we are thinking about getting water out on the fields for waterbird habitat and rice straw decomposition. While growers are out placing boards in fields and turning screw gates, they should also be thinking about mosquito control.

Probably the most important thing growers can do is contact their mosquito districts to let them know when and where they plan to apply winter water. This will enable the mosquito district field technicians to come out and monitor these freshly watered fields and be prepared to address any mosquito control issues early on. READ MORE

Rice Leadership Group gets firsthand look at California Rice

Rice Leadership Group gets firsthand look at California Rice

A full-day Rice Commission briefing and an up-close look at harvest were part of this week’s California visit for the 2016 Class of the Rice Leadership Development Program.

The class itinerary this week also includes several mill and farm visits, a tour of the Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District Pumping Facility and other stops.

Imran H. Khan and Michael Bosworth are California’s representatives in this class.

The Rice Leadership Development Program is sponsored by John Deere Company, RiceTec Inc. and American Commodity Company through The Rice Foundation and is managed by USA Rice.

Meanwhile, the October 7 deadline is rapidly approaching to apply for the 2018 Rice Leadership Development Program. Here’s a link to additional information and to apply.