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Rain could cause rice planting delays in Ca
SACRAMENTO – More than 50 percent of the state’s rice fields are planted, but another bout of rain could mean further delays for some farmers.

“They (growers) were going full blast there for a while,” said Cass Mutters, a farm advisor for Sutter, Yuba and Butte counties. “The brakes have been put on, but hopefully not too much.”

Rainstorms that traveled across Northern California May 20-22 dropped precipitation on many areas, but the amount varied widely by location. Planting activities around Richvale were brought to a halt on May 22, Mutters said, and those fields needed a couple of days to dry out.

Yet another delay is just a hassle for growers who are already planting nearly a month behind schedule.

“It wasn’t too big of a storm, but it is a little bit untimely considering we’re starting about 20 days late,” said rice farmer Matt Lauppe with Lauppe and Son in Sutter County. He said growers could expect to see yields drop if they plant later than May 15, but if they have to wait until after May 30 to seed their fields it becomes difficult to make a profit.

While the May 22 crop progress report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that 37 percent of the crop had been planted by May 21, rice industry experts predict that number is now closer to 50 or 60 percent.

“I’d say we’re around the 50 percent mark up here in Butte County,” said Carl Hoff, president of the Butte County Rice Growers Association. “We’re actually planting quite a bit each day right now.” He estimated growers will have about 65 percent of their fields planted by the end of the week and then there will be a short lag due to the earlier rains.

A spokesman for DePue Warehouse Co. in Williams, a rice seed supplier, said up to 65 percent of their contracted seed had been delivered, indicating that many growers have planted their fields, or are preparing to do so soon.

If some farmers are forced to plant after June 1 due to wet weather, some fields may be left fallow, Hoff said. But as of this week, he said most growers in the Butte County area had intended to plant their typical acreage.

Late planted rice increases the crop’s chances of being damaged by fall rains or entering the pollination period during August, when cool evening temperatures could prevent the crop from pollinating.

The Farmers’ Rice Cooperative in Sacramento estimates rice growers in California will plant more than 500,000 acres this year.
MGR Archive 28.5.2006
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