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Jul 23, 2020

Head north of Sacramento along any of the major freeways, you’ve likely seen the lush green rice fields with ubiquitous wildlife such as herons, hawks, and egrets. What may surprise you is just how diverse the rice field ecosystem is – and the unseen giants at home in those fields.

Nearly 230 wildlife species...

Jun 26, 2020

The lush green color you see in the Sacramento Valley during summer is from a half-million acres of young rice fields. Those fields are not only beautiful to see, their ecosystem is impressive in its abundance and diversity.

“Rice ecosystems are fascinating marshes maintained by human beings,” said naturalist,...

May 14, 2020

It’s an annual occurrence throughout the Sacramento Valley; something countless motorists have seen while heading north of Sacramento – skilled pilots flying high-speed, GPS-guided airplanes, planting rice over a half-million acres of fields.

Rick Richter of Richter Aviation in Maxwell, Colusa County, has been...

Apr 17, 2020

Tractors are working ground, airplanes are flying and mills are in full production, marking another busy spring in Sacramento Valley rice country.

There are marked differences this year compared to recent history, starting with the weather. A dryer spring has enabled growers to get a much earlier start on working...

Apr 1, 2020

In less than a minute, a large group of young salmon were released into the Sacramento River, en route to the Pacific Ocean.

These were no ordinary fish. Equipped with small transmitters, these baby salmon are part of a pilot project by the California Rice Commission and UC Davis. Grown in rice fields of Yolo...