Two bills were signed into law that will affect vegetable growers in California. The minimum wage law will result in a $15/hour minimum wage will be phased in and take full effect in 2022. In addition, Assembly Bill 1066 removes the overtime exemption for agricultural employers resulting in employees being paid overtime after working 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week (also phased in by 2022). Given that agriculture is a seasonal activity in which 10-hour days and 60-hour weeks are the norm during the growing season, growers are struggling with how to adapt to these changes. These laws have the potential to put California growers at a disadvantage by increasing the costs of production here, thereby making production in other areas more...
- Author: Gale Perez
Check out the November 2016 issue of the Rice Notes newsletter.
This issue covers:
- Upcoming event
- Weedy Rice Update
- 1st Annual Rice Weed Course Results: can we correctly identify rice field weeds?
- 2016 Armyworm Wrap Up
- Useful Websites
- Author: Christopher Potter
- Editor: Guy B Kyser
Scientists at NASA Ames have created a new computer model to simulate the growth and decay of floating aquatic invasive plants, such as water hyacinth and water primrose, on Delta waterways. The model is used to estimate biomass levels throughout the year. DRAAWP investigators Christopher Potter and Vanessa Genovese are developing the model within a mapping application (or GIS program) to extend the invasive species coverage area to the entire Bay and Delta. The growth of these species is controlled in the model primarily by temperature, salinity, water flow rates, and water nutrient contents.
This project is conducted in collaboration with the Delta Region Areawide Aquatic Weed Project (
- Author: Scott Oneto
The California Weed Science Society (CWSS) is preparing for the 69th Annual Conference, January 18-20, 2017 in Monterey and is now accepting applications for the Student Paper and Poster Contest.
This is an excellent opportunity for students to present research, improve their presentation skills, and network with professionals working in weed science. Papers or posters should consist of information gathered from research projects related to weed science and vegetation management. Students do not have to present results of their own research, but they must be familiar with all aspects of the research. Student papers and posters should be...
- Author: Brad Hanson
Requesting growers and ag industry members to contribute to the national conversation on herbicide-resistant weeds
As part of a national effort on developing research and regulatory priorities related to the challenging problems of herbicide-resistant weeds, the Weed Science Society of America is sponsoring a series of half-day regional workshops to discuss the issues, potential solutions, and technical and economic barriers related to resistant weeds.
To date, much of the conversation about herbicide resistance at the national level has been dominated by the large acreage row crops of the Midwest, East, and South. These cropping systems, particularly the glyphosate-based...