Working with the University of California Cooperative Extension, we have shot and editred a new video from a rice field in Colusa County, showing how to identify weedy rice. Here’s the video from UCCE Rice Advisor Whitney Brim-DeForest: READ MORE
UCCE Rice Advisors will be at two weedy rice locations in the valley next week, to show growers, PCAs and other interested parties how to identify weedy rice before harvest.
The meetings will be next Tuesday, August 1, in Maxwell and Wednesday, August 2, in Nicolaus. Both are from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Stop by at either of these locations to look at samples and fields, which takes about 20-minutes. READ MORE
Two weedy rice workshops will be held next month:
- August 9, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, at the New Earth Market Harvest Room, 1475 Tharp Road, Yuba City
- August 10, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, at the Colusa Casino, 3770 Hwy 45, Colusa
With the growing season underway, it’s a good time for growers to understand the best ways to identify weedy rice.
UCCE Farm Advisor Whitney Brim-DeForest has a new video outlining some of the major ways to spot weedy rice: READ MORE
We have partnered with the University of California Cooperative Extension to develop a series of tools to help with weedy rice, a significant issue that will take strong coordination to properly combat. READ MORE
CDFA has adopted emergency regulations recommended by the Rice Certification Committee to help control the spread of weedy rice in California. Importantly, the regulations are in effect March 13, 2017 and apply to this crop year. Following are the requirements by year:
- Equipment – used equipment must be inspected by the County Agricultural Commissioner and found free of red rice seed
2017 – 2018 Seed
- Seed – common, grade or farm saved seed may be used but may not be sold
- Private seed programs can be approved by the Rice Certification Committee
2019 Seed & Verification
- Only a class of certified seed (AOSCA) or third-party quality assurance may be planted in the state
- Handers will require verification of planting certified or third party QA seed August 1, 2019
Other important information
The CRC acted March 8 to adopt all of these requirements as standard industry practices beginning this year. We understand the California Warehouse Association is considering similar action.
In addition, the Rice Experiment Station has notified all growers that their varieties may only be planted as a class of certified seed.
As such, growers are strongly encouraged to only plant a class of certified seed for all available varieties this year and not plant farm saved seed.