- Author: Bruce Linquist
We all know it has been a warm year. In fact, in 2014 the average daily temperature for May and June was 72.2 degrees (CIMIS-Colusa). This is 2.4 degrees warmer than the average of the last 20 years and 3.3 degrees warmer than the average of the last 5 years. What does this mean for crop development? In general, rice develops at a faster rate with increasing temperatures. In the statewide variety trials (funded by the Rice Research Board) we have seen that the crop is progressing at a faster rate than previous years. This year the crop reached PI about 3 to 7 days earlier than in previous years. The difference between this years and others is especially evident in the early plantings (early May). Based on past experience, we expect the crop to reach heading and harvest earlier as well - assuming on big weather changes. Based on this, growers should plan practices accordingly. Also, be sure to monitor the crop rather than just relying on days after sowing.