Just like last year, our rice farm and others throughout the Sacramento Valley are getting a later than ideal start to the planting season.
Ideally we’d like seeds in the ground in late April, but the calendar has shifted to May and we are still working towards that goal. Ground preparations have been made and it looks like I’ll get five inches of water on my fields by the end of this week. We would then be ready for airplanes to apply the germinated rice seeds by the middle of next week.
The weather of late has been helpful. North winds have helped the fields dry up to allow us to get the ground ready for our next rice crop.
What would help moving forward would be a growing season similar to last year’s, where we pretty much stayed away from extreme temperatures. It was warm enough to let the rice grow but we didn’t have a significant hot spell to upset the plants.
We are again facing a later start to the season, but hopefully everything will go smoothly between now and fall harvest.
Punch Haskell grows rice in Colusa County and is part of a family farming operation that began approximately 60 years ago.