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Rice receives project priority

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With hard work and a good understanding of the regulatory process, the Commission was successful in gaining IR-4 priority for necessary research on an important armyworm insecticide. Typically thought of as a program only for ‘specialty crops’ the Commission successfully made the case that the minor use of this insecticide on California rice qualified the proposal for consideration. 

Where does rice fit in the process? Certain pesticidal uses such as insecticides quality as minor use to the rice crop. California rice received an IR-4 priority project for methoxyfenozide (Intrepid) in 2016. The residue data is complete with submission of the registration petition pending. The process demonstrates progress toward registration, a major requirement for justification of the section 18 emergency exemption, which is the avenue for growers using Intrepid to treat for armyworm control.

Rice received an A Priority petition at the IR-4 Week of Workshops recently held in the Baltimore area. The rice petition was one of over 200 projects encompassing the United States and the country’s holdings with funding available for 46 A Priority projects. The rice petition requests the insecticide, chlorantraniliprole, a useful tool in rounding out an Integrated Pest Management program to address methoxyfenozide resistance as growers continue to battle armyworm.

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Registration Open for UC ANR California Rice Virtual Field Day

Mark your calendar for the California Rice Virtual Field Day, which will be held on August 26, from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Here’s a link to register.  The registration fee is $20. 

The UC Cooperative Extension and California Rice Research Station will provide the latest information on variety development, disease and arthropod management, weed control, weedy rice, and fertility.

The full agenda is available here. 

Here are contacts for more information: 

Logistics and Registration: Rachel Palmer, ANR Program Support Unit, 530-750-1361.

Course Content: Whitney Brim-DeForest, UC ANR County Director, Sutter and Yuba Counties and CE Rice and Wild Rice Advisor.

LAST Chance to Vote!

LAST Chance to Vote!

Growers have until August 3 to vote on the CRC Major Amendment to increase the assessment cap. The increase is proposed in order to cover projected increases in costs for the Rice Waste Discharge Requirement (WDR) over the next nine years.