|A World Wide Web Site on
CA Rice Production-99
Project Leader and Principal UC Investigators
Richard E. Plant, Professor, Department of Agronomy and Range Science, University of California, Davis
James E. Hill, Cooperative Extension Specialist and Chair, Department of Agronomy and Range Science, University of California, Davis
Julie A. Young, Staff Research Associate, Department of Agronomy and Range Science, University of California, Davis
Stacey R. Roberts, Post Graduate Researcher, Department of Agronomy and Range Science, University of California, Davis
|Rice researchers continued to
spin a larger presence on the World Wide Web in 1999. Improvements to the California
Cooperative Extension Rice Web site added new material for the general public and
expanded grower-oriented information.
The site is being accessed by an audience far beyond growers, scientists and others in the rice industry. Students, teachers and journalists both in the United States and abroad have logged into the site, located at http://agronomy.ucdavis.edu/uccerice/index.htm. International Web traffic originated from Taiwan, Canada, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Spain, Ukraine, Brazil and the Middle East. Researchers report this wide range of users has been very complimentary of the quality and quantity of information available on the site and continues to request more.
New Information Added
The statistics section was reorganized and augmented with new tables, as was the frequently asked questions portion. A link was added connecting to other rice web sites, including universities and institutes; organizations and associations; milling, import and export companies; rice products and rice journals. There is also a new link to rice nutrition and storage information. Descriptions of rice types were added and the glossary expanded. New recipes and rice straw information have been included.
Grower-specific information updated on the website includes the addition of new UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor newsletters from Steve Scardaci (Colusa County) and Cass Mutters (Butte County), as well as an article on genetically altered rice varieties by UC Cooperative Extension Specialist Peggy Lemaux. New herbicide tables and weed management information have been added. Information on rice quality was revised based on a 1999 workshop. Field day and meeting notices were updated throughout the year. Preliminary information on precision agriculture in rice was added to the "Research in Progress" section, as was information on rice straw management. Links were added to the California Air Resources Board explaining how burning is regulated, describing the rice straw demonstration projects funded and listing straw products. Information is also included about the new California Rice Commission.