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Growers Should Consider Fallowing Worst Weedy Rice Fields This Year

By Whitney Brim-DeForest and Tim Johnson 

The absence of a registered herbicide to control weedy rice in California leaves growers with fewer options to control this important pest. Planting clean seed, as required by the Certification Act, is an important control measure and roguing can help control lower levels of infestation. For heavily infested fields, growers may want to consider fallowing, as outlined in the UCCE Weedy Rice Best Management Practices during this short water year. 

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Temporary Adjustment to Water Transfer Policy for Land Enrolled in 2021 Nesting Program

Temporary Adjustment to Water Transfer Policy for Land Enrolled in 2021 Nesting Program

The Department of Water Resources (Department) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) put out a statement last week that applies to water transfers in 2021. This statement applies only to farmers enrolled in the California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation’s Nesting Habitat Program and, in summary, allows farmers that are transferring water to leave vegetation on their transfer fields.  The statement is as follows: 

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Lambda-cyhalothrin to be extensively monitored in Rice this year

Lambda-cyhalothrin to be extensively monitored in Rice this year

We start monitoring Lambda-cyhalothrin (Warrior, Lambda-cy, Silencer, etc.) in the water column plus sediment sampling this year. The sampling takes place at the drain sites we use for thiobencarb monitoring. This will be our first experience with compliance to the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements. The TMDL is a forever monitoring program and we anticipate positive results leading to future modifications. We have never had an issue with our long history monitoring the pyrethroid insecticides. However, we have no ability to correlate the past results with the newer and much lower analytical methods.

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Here are Key Links and Updates for Rice Pesticides

Here are Key Links and Updates for Rice Pesticides

The following links include select pesticide updates as an effort to provide you with easy access to the information. Please remember the pesticide label is the ultimate level of enforcement and the county permit conditions can supersede the label with more restrictive requirements. You will find permit conditions and supplemental labels for thiobencarb. Permit conditions for some pesticides have been changed to active ingredient rather than trade or product name due to new product registrations. Products such as Butte Herbicide, RebelEx CA and RiceEdge 60DF are combination formulations and permit conditions could apply to one of the active ingredients. The EPA Reg. No. provides additional identification of the individual pesticide products on the Rice Pesticide Update Table.

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USDA announces additional CFAP Assistance

By Tyson Redpath, The Russell Group 

Upon further review from the Biden Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the USDA will begin processing payments for applications made for additional assistance under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP-AA). That additional CFAP 2 assistance of $20 per acre for producers of eligible flat-rate commodities including California rice will be made in accordance with the Consolidated Appropriations Act from December, 2020.

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Time is running out to sign up your Eligible Idled Rice Acres

Time is running out to sign up your Eligible Idled Rice Acres

The California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation (Foundation) is looking for rice acres that will be left fallow this growing season and that currently have cover crops or other eligible volunteer plants on them. Enrolled farmers will receive payments to leave their fields undisturbed for the waterfowl nesting season (through July 1) and allow the Foundation and its project partners access to monitor nesting activity. 

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Rice Pesticide Registration remains a Major Focus

Many of you may be aware the state and federal offices have been closed for a year with staff working remotely. The government agencies are anticipating reopening around June. This has been less an issue for the CRC, since we have been working remote for several years and maintain a satellite office in downtown Sacramento. 

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