Since 2019, UCCE Rice Advisor Whitney Brim-DeForest has been testing SUPPRESS® herbicide for use in weed control in rice. In 2019, she collaborated with Jim Cook (Colusa County Farm Supply), to spot spray weedy rice in a field containing Type 3 (long awns, straw hulled). The application was made with a handheld backpack sprayer, at the highest labeled rate. The timing was too close to heading, however, and some of the weedy rice plants recovered.
This past season, in 2020, we did further testing in the field, on several different weedy rice types (field was a mix of Types 1, 2, 3, and 5). The application timing for the field testing in 2020 was made with a handheld backpack sprayer, at the highest labeled rate. The timing was approximately at panicle initiation, and at two weeks after application, the weedy rice plants were 100% controlled. At harvest, there was some regrowth, but none of the plants produced viable panicles.
For use in weedy rice spot spraying in 2021, SUPPRESS® could be an option, but the label does not allow for application when there is standing water in the field. Therefore, in order to be used, the field will need to be drained before application. Application timing is after the last grass herbicide has been applied, but before the weedy rice has started to flower (generally no earlier than 60 days after seeding). Reflooding is recommended within 48 hours of application to reduce the germination of additional weeds, unless the field can remain drained until harvest.
Remember to always follow all label instructions when applying any pesticide, as the label is the law. Make sure to pay particular attention to the Use Precautions and Restrictions. Consult your local Agricultural Commissioner's Office regarding buffer zones and aerial restrictions, before making any applications.
For more information, contact UCCE Rice Advisor, Whitney Brim-DeForest (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Roberta Firoved, Industry Affairs Manager for the California Rice Commission (email@example.com).