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Project Leader and Principal UC Investigators
Richard E. Plant,Dept. of Agronomy & Range Science, UC Davis
James E. Hill, Dept. of Agronomy & Range Science, UC Davis
Joyce F. Strand, UC Integrated Pest Management Implementation Group, UC Davis
Computerized management of California rice is becoming closer to reality.
Researchers with this project report significant progress in the development
of user-friendly "expert system" software.
After meeting in spring 1992 with about 10 growers who have been experimenting with the CALEX software program for rice, University of California scientists and a new computer analyst revamped the "look and feel" of the still developing program. Growers made two principal suggestions:.
Harvesting and Drying module
The harvesting and drying module of the CALEX/Rice
program was substantially revised based on the work of a UC Davis graduate
student. Taking into account varietal differences, this module projects the
proper harvest date based on crop moisture content and correlates it with
reference evapotranspiration information. The module has shown a high degree
of predictive accuracy (see figure).