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Jul 15, 2022

“Seeding depth effects on elongation, emergence, and early development of California rice cultivars” with Dr. Alex Ceseski.

In California, several compounding factors make it difficult for farmers to protect their crops from weeds and algae using traditional weed control methods. Dr. Alex Ceseski and his team and working to fix that. By exploring the viability of drill-seeding in California rice production, they aim to find new solutions to a decades-old herbicide problem. This episode, join us as Alex explains how seeding depth, hearty seedlings, and water management may hold the key to stable sushi rice supplies.

Tune in to learn:

  • What are some of the secondary benefits drill-seeded rice can offer?
  • What is some of the history behind Californian rice production?
  • What compounding factors make rice production in California so unique?
  • What factors are most important for drill-seeded rice emergence and survival?

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 It will be freely available from 15 July to 31 July, 2022.

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