Weedy Rice

Updating Weedy Rice in California

Updating Weedy Rice in California

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.

You can find out comprehensive information on weedy rice by logging in to this informative website.

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Weedy Rice Field Meetings to be held next week

Weedy Rice Field Meetings to be held next week

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

Emergency Weedy Rice Regulations – Adopted

Emergency Weedy Rice Regulations – Adopted

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:

2017 Equipment

  • 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.