April 2020

tractor at sunset

Is this the Last Year for Thiobencarb?

The question frequently comes up if this is the last year for thiobencarb use in rice. The answer now is…maybe. For the first time since the CRC took over management from the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) in 2003, the program received a conditional approval after eight exceedances of the performance goal in 2019. 

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First Season of Bid4Birds Program Completed

First Season of Bid4Birds Program Completed

Our California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation just wrapped up the inaugural season of the Bid4Birds program, which incentivizes rice growers to utilize their fields as temporary seasonal wetland habitat for migrating shorebirds and other waterbirds.

This season, the Foundation enrolled six rice growers into Bid4Birds, involving 18 rice fields in the Sacramento Valley, creating about 1,500 acres of vital shoulder season habitat.  During site visits, 45 different species of birds were observed and documented utilizing enrolled fields. 

For more information, please contact the Rice Commission’s Wildlife Programs Manager, Luke Matthews, at lmatthews@calrice.org or (916) 607-8988.