Weedy Rice Workshops 2017
August 9, 2017 :: 9:00 AM-12:00 noon
New Earth Market Harvest Room
1475 Tharp Road, Yuba City, CA
August 10, 2017 :: 9:00 AM-12:00 noon
3770 Hwy 45, Colusa, CA
In the workshops, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) will give updates on the current weedy rice situation and research being conducted in California. Dr. Nilda Burgos, University of Arkansas, will give a presentation on...
Over the past year, weedy rice has become a top issue in California rice, both for individual growers and for the industry as a whole. Working together, the University of California Cooperative Extension and the California Rice Commission have come up with a set of tools to assist in getting control of this pest. Of course, none of it would be possible without the input and cooperation of the Pest Control Advisers (PCAs) and California rice growers, who are the first line of defense in dealing with weedy rice. Additional assistance in material development and funding have come from the California Rice Research Board, the California Crop Improvement Association and the staff at the California Rice Experiment...
- Author: Whitney Brim-DeForest
In the past year, the California rice industry has begun to deal with a new pest: “weedy rice”, also known as “red rice”. Weedy rice is a common weed in rice-growing regions of the world, and when infestations are high, it can significantly reduce yields. In the southern USA, losses have been as high as 60% when uncontrolled. In 2016, through the efforts and cooperation of rice growers and Pest Control Advisors, weedy rice has been identified on over 10,000 acres in Butte, Glenn, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Placer and Yolo counties. Although 10,000 acres may sound like a lot, it is still only a small percentage of the total rice acreage in California (about...