|Computer Managment of
Project Leader and Principal UC Investigators
Richard E. Plant - Professor, Department of Agronomy & Range Science, UC Davis
James E. Hill - Extension Agronomist, Dept. of Agronomy & Range Science, UC Davis
Joselito G. Real - Research Assistant, Dept. of Agronomy & Range Science, UC Davis
Julie Young - Staff Research Assistant, Dept. of Agronomy & Range Science, UC Davis
Linda Bernheim - Programmer/Analyst, Dept. of Agronomy & Range Science, UC Davis
John F. Williams - UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor, Sutter/Yuba Counties
Steven C. Scardaci - UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor, Colusa/Glenn/Yolo Counties
|In early 1994 the University of California released a
sophisticated computer software program called CALEX/Rice to help growers with
recordkeeping and to provide them with management guidelines. Modules were developed for
variety selection, fertilization, water use, harvest date estimation, phenological stages
and pest management.
In order to gain a better idea of the strengths and weaknesses of this program and to learn how the program can be improved, researchers initiated a telephone survey in June 1995. They temporarily suspended it during the fall harvest period and were set to resume the survey in December 1995. Preliminary findings indicate that growers found the most useful components of the program to be on phenology, fertilizer application, recordkeeping and variety selection.
At the time of the survey, 140 growers, consultants or other industry-affiliated individuals were registered CALEX/Rice users. But researchers have made it easier than ever to access information from the herbicide portion of CALEX/Rice - registered or not. They've developed a 'home page' on the World Wide Web that allows virtually anyone with a computer, modem and 'browser' software to access detailed information about rice weeds and how to deal with them. The Web site is linked to the University's Statewide Integrated Pest Management Project Web site. The 'Web address' is http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/RICE/index.html.