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Project Leader and Principal UC Investigators

Richard Plant - Professor, Department of Agronomy and Range Science UC Davis

James E. Hill - Extension Specialist and Chair Department of Agronomy and Range Science, UC Davis

Julie Young - Staff Research Associate, Department of Agronomy and Range Science, UC Davis

Steven C. Scardaci - UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor, Colusa, Glenn and Yolo Counties

John F. "Jack" Williams - UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor, Sutter and Yuba counties

Rice management took a big step into the Information Age last year when agronomists at UC Davis created the UC Cooperative Extension Rice Project homepage on the World Wide Web. Now a broad range of information to meet the typical needs of rice growers is a few computer keystrokes away at http://agronomy.ucdavis.edu/uccerice/index.htm.

CEWebSite.JPG (79167 bytes)The website hosts an abundance of information on rice management in California, including rice culture, varieties, diseases (including blast), weeds, insects and invertebrate pests, straw disposal, fertility and waterfowl. Numerous color photos of weeds, disease symptoms and insects are included, as well as tables, graphs and schematic drawings. Links within documents make it easy to locate related information. , Many of the publications and leaflets growers may be familiar with have also been transferred to the website, including:

• Agronomy Fact Sheets on rice blast, straw incorporation, monitoring nitrogen status, granular carbofuran use, and Londax". resistance, management.

• Rice Production in California, originally published in 1992, has been updated, as was Irrigation Systems for Tailwater Management.

• Additional water publications include Seepage Water Management, Water and Soil Salinity Studies on California Rice and Managing Water for Weed Control in Rice.

• Percent farm advisor newsletters with timely information on topics such as how to control blast, as well as announcements of upcoming meetings.

Variety information with a "clickable" map of California rice growing areas is presented with recommended planting dates by location. The weed and herbicide information previously available on the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Project website has also been moved onto the Rice Project's site.

Of potential interest to the general public, as well as to growers, is the California rice statistics section. Tables of rice acreage, production and consumption are presented, along with US rice statistics and answers to frequently asked questions.

There is also a list of all the researchers working in California rice, arranged roughly by their area of expertise, with e-mail links. Additional links connect to related websites, such as the California Rice Experiment Station, Rice Genetics Research, International Rice Research Institute and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

Any of this information can be easily printed out on a printer for later reference. Agronomists will update the website to meet grower requests.

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