In their latest e-newsletter, the University of California Cooperative Extension provides details of the resources acquired and information gained from last season in the fight against weedy rice. Congratulations to rice farm advisor Whitney Brim-DeForest and the UC Rice Team, who were awarded the UC Cooperative Extension Presidential Endowment of $1 million for research. READ MORE
We offer the following information relative to the Weedy Rice Regulation being pursued by the Certification Committee regarding additional documents added to the rulemaking file. Interested parties have likely already been following, but we wanted to make sure you were aware of the information. READ MORE
The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) just posted an update on weedy rice for this season in area rice fields. There were 53 samples submitted for testing, with 15 confirmed to be weedy rice.
An encouraging sign was the level of cooperation by all involved on this subject, which is a key to reducing infestations.
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
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.