Rice fields have no requirement for sediment and erosion control plans in the Sacramento Valley. Several farmers growing non-rice crops received notices to complete this year-end report under the Waste Discharge Requirements (WDR). The reporting requirement does not apply to rice.
This is a good time of year to think about updates to your pesticide permit before renewing it at the county agricultural commissioner office(s). We use the pesticide permit database to populate the Farm Evaluation and Nitrogen Management Plan reporting website. Think about missing fields or incorrectly reported acreage. Please remove rice from the permit for fields that are not farmed for any reason, including water transfers. In these instances, we may count your rice acreage as non-compliant for the Farm Evaluation and Nitrogen Management Plan.
Your farmed rice acreage is automatically covered under the rice specific WDR in the Sacramento Valley. You need to notify the California Rice Commission if you choose to include your rice acreage with the different crops you grow under other coalitions and subwatershed groups. Without this information, we may count your rice acreage as non-compliant for the Farm Evaluation and Nitrogen Management Plan.
The Rice WDR Farm Evaluation and Nitrogen Management Plan (www.calricenews.org) reporting website will reopen in early January 2019. The reporting covers the rice crop from 2018. Please complete the reporting requirement by the due date of March 1. You can access the website at any time to review your past year reports.