May 2019

After slow start, Armyworm numbers are on the rise

After slow start, Armyworm numbers are on the rise

By Luis Espino, Rice Farming Systems Advisor, Butte and Glenn Counties

The number of moths trapped went down due to the cold weather. But numbers are coming back up again, mostly due to increases of western yellowstriped armyworm. We are starting the season with much higher number of moths than in previous years. Keep a close eye on early planted rice that is out of the water or if you are draining for stand establishment.

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Thiobencarb Results Continue to Exceed at Third Monitoring Event

Thiobencarb Results Continue to Exceed at Third Monitoring Event

Thiobencarb exceedances over the 1.5 µg/L (parts per million) performance goal with a reading of 2.3 µg/L at the Colusa Basin Drain 5 (CBD5) site off Highway 20 and 2.7 µg/L at the Colusa Basin Drain 1 (CBD1) location outside Knights Landing. There also was a detectable reading at the Sacramento Slough site. These exceedances were from the third monitoring event on May 21.

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Pyrethroid TMDL for 303(d) listed water bodies

Pyrethroid TMDL for 303(d) listed water bodies

Pyrethroid insecticides have been under scrutiny for several years resulting in recent changes to water quality requirements. The changes set monitoring levels for pyrethroids at nanograms in surface waters. Consistent exceedances of the levels could result in additional restrictions to pyrethroid use, or designate a drain as impaired with future restoration to correct the water quality. Last year, one of the water quality coalitions had a detection that could be problematic under the new standards.

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2019 Armyworm Trapping

2019 Armyworm Trapping

Article by Luis Espino, Rice Farming Systems Advisor, Butte and Glenn Counties

The first set of traps were set up on April 19, and more traps are being set up as fields get ready for planting. So far, seven sites have been set up.

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