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Upcoming meetings include focus on Weed Management in Rice

Upcoming meetings include focus on Weed Management in Rice

University of California Cooperative Extension Sutter-Yuba-Colusa is holding grower meetings this month to provide research updates on some of the major crops in the Sacramento Valley. The classes are relevant to growers throughout California and are primarily focused on pest management and pesticide safety. Here’s a link to find out more on the meetings, which will provide the option of attending via Zoom or in person.  

Whitney Brim-DeForest, Rice and Wild Rice Advisor, will present October 11. “The presentation will cover the latest research updates on specific weed species, resistance management, and new herbicides in rice,” she said. The information is relevant to both organic and conventional rice growers, so all are encouraged to attend. 

An in-person meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 20, at the UCCE Sutter-Yuba office, 142A Garden Hwy, Yuba City, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. All four speakers will present on the same topics as they are covering in the webinars (CE credits are only available for either the in-person meeting OR for the webinars, not both).

Enrollment is limited, so register early. The cost for the webinars is $25 for 1, $40 for 2, $50 for 3, and $55 for 4 webinars. The in-person local event is FREE. For more details or to register, visit http://ucanr.edu/2021growermeeting. For the webinar, DPR CE credits are pending (4 “other” hours total, 1 per class), and CCA credits are pending for IPM credits (4 hours total, 1 per class). The in-person event has DPR CE credits pending (3 “other” hours), and CCA credits are pending for IPM credits (3 hours). 

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