Chairman's Report, 2022


Andrew Rudd, Rice Research Board Chairman

Welcome to the 54th annual report to the California Rice Growers. In the following pages, we report on grower funded research from 2022. The following pages will include summaries of the various projects that were funded, including rice breeding, variety trials, weed and disease management, cover crop studies, invertebrate pest management and insect monitoring as well as several others.

The drought conditions experienced over the past several years lead to a decrease in acreage that most of us have never seen in our time farming rice in California. Farm Service Agency reports show that there were 241,000 acres planted in 2022, which was 61% of the 2021 crop (a year of reduced water allocations). Despite the reduction in assessment funds generated, the Rice Research Board was able to fund the main projects for rice production and rice industry issues. The generous winter that came to California has filled our reservoirs and with that it is a pleasure to see rice acreage rebound to (near normal) levels within the state! This will help towards reversing the negative budget and the use of reserve funds we experienced with the very low acreage of the 2022 crop year, where the CRRB observed assessments covering less than 50% of the rice research projects at the Rice Research station, UC Davis, and the USDA.

Just below is a list of the projects in this report. I hope that you will look through the areas that interest you, and read the full reports, linked with the QR code, for further information. Full technical reports can also be found on the website Look under the tab “Annual Reports”, select the 2022 year, the article will be under “Full Report Text” to the right of the title.

In spite of the challenges that we’ve faced, I’m happy to report that we are continuing to make good progress in the various projects funded by the rice industry. None of that happens without the ongoing support of the California growers through the Rice Research Board. Many thanks to you all. I wish you the best for a safe and productive year in rice country.