Rice Farming TV Episodes

Our Rice Plants Growth Stages are Amazing!

Learn about our rice plants growth stages through the first 3 weeks after planting. Our 2018 rice crop was seeded in the month of May (between the 6th and 26th) after a late start due to spring California rains. It’s a great feeling to have all the tractor work completed and all our rice fields planted. I hope to give you a good idea of how rice is grown in California with this video.

How We Plant Rice: Learning How to Farm is Nice (it rhymes)!

Learn how to plant rice in this rhyming episode of Rice Farming TV. From tractor work to flying on the rice seed with crop-dusters I’ll explain every step of the planting process. Learning how to farm can be fun! I hope you enjoy the agricultural education and the tractor videos.

How to Drive a Tractor in Virtual 360º Action!

Learn how to drive a tractor with me during the 2018 rice planting season. Enjoy this tractor ride on the rice farm while we pull behind us a plow chisel. This is the first operation of the crop year! We use the pull chisel to rip the dirt thus exposing it to the air, allowing it to dry out. Let’s turn this ground into a rice field and I think after this video you’ll be ready to be a real rice farmer! This tractor video features a 260 Case Magnum Tractor and a John Deere pull chisel. This 360 video gives you the ability to ride along when tractors are working on the farm!

Tractor Work Gears Up on the Rice Farm!

Tractor work starts on the rice farm thus kicking off the 2018 crop year. We are breaking ground with our tractors, prepping the soil to plant rice seed. We are running a Case Magnum 340 and two Case Magnum 260 tractors. Each tractor has a chisel plow, used to rip the ground deep. This is the first step in preparing the soil, turning it into a rice field.

From California Drought to Flooded Fields!

Northern California rains raised flood concerns and definitely delayed our rice planting season! We went from California drought to flooded rice fields. At one time, with no rain, we were worried about having enough water to farm. Now in April we keep getting rain in the north state.. These stormsl were welcomed here in drought-stricken California. However high flows in rivers and our region’s irrigation system allowed water to back-up into our nearly dried out rice fields. Our tractors are ready but now the fields need to dry back out.

I Learned How to Make Sushi and You Wont Believe the Hardest Part!

My wife and I learn how to make sushi rolls at home from a professional sushi chef. We are most interested in our favorite sushi rolls like the California Roll and Spicy Tuna Roll. Aside from how to roll sushi we learn how to cook rice for sushi, what tools and ingredients we need and all kinds of great tips.

If you’re a beginner like us, you’ll learn a lot from this episode of Rice Farming TV but here is a lot of detailed information on sushi recipes and Japanese terminology: http://ricefarmingtv.com/sushi

A big special thanks to Matt and Alden, the sushi chef and general manager respectively of The Rawbar in Chico. They opened up their restaurant to teach us how to make sushi. They also provide classes to those of you who live around chico and would too like to learn how to make sushi. They also sell ingredients for you to use to make your own sushi at home. Follow the link above to their website.

One of the most important aspects of sushi is the rice. Did you know that virtually all sushi restaurants across the United States use California grown rice–either Calrose medium grain, like we personally grow, or classic, california grown, Japanese short grain. I just freshly milled up some of my own grown medium grain Calrose white rice that I’ll be using when making sushi at home. It’s available at my e-shop so you could use it too! http://ricefarmingtv.com/shop

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Welding Project: Repair Cracked Chisel Plow!

We have a big welding project on our cracked chisel plow that we need to repair before spring planting begins. The plow chisel is the first implement we use to break ground so it’s very important. The crack is so intense that we’ve called in master welder and mechanic Jerry to do the welding. He’s going to grab his welding helmet and get to work!

Update on our California water situation: with solid rainfall throughout the third week of March it looks very, very promising that we will receive our full allocation of contracted water.

All our tractors are ready and, after these welding projects, we should also have all our rice planting implements ready for the 2018 crop. Soon I’ll show you how rice is planted in California this year. First though, grab your welding helmet!

Tractors are Ready to Plant Rice but Where’s the Water?!

Our tractors are ready to plant rice but without much rain we have to ask: where’s the water? Here are 3 key Ingredients for planting rice in California: tractors, dirt and water.

1. Tractors: I’m going to explain how we service our tractors and planting implements so that once we enter the fields we can run most efficiently. Included in our tractor fleet is a Case Magnum 340, 2x Case Magnum 260, Case 240, Case 7240 and a John Deere 9660. We’ve changed all the engine oil and replaced all the filters. We also serviced our pull-chisels, discs and land-planes–all planting implements to be pulled behind our tractors.

2. Dirt: In a previous episode of Rice Farming I explained how we drain the winter water off our rice fields that was decomposing last year’s remaining straw. Once the March rains let up we will allow the fields to continue to dry until we can enter with our tractors and planting implements.

3. Water: With far less than average rainfall in California things we not looking good going into March. Lake Oroville Dam sits at a 59% capacity of average. The snow pack in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, above the lake, was at a dismal 7% of average. Luckily all this rain and snow we are getting in March has boosted that snowpack up to 39%. What does that mean for us and our 2018 rice crop? I explain in the second half of this episode.


Aerial Tour of California Rice Fields and Lake Oroville Dam!

Let’s take an aerial tour of California’s rice fields, Lake Oroville Dam and Grey Lodge Wildlife Refuge. The northern Sacramento Valley has a lot of beautiful sights but we will stick to what predominately makes up Butte County.

I stop by the Williams Flying Service airstrip and hop into a 1967 Cessna 182 with ag-pilot Shawn because the crop-dusters won’t fit two people safely.

As the areal tour of California Starts we can see the Sutter Buttes nearby. We continue to fly over my uncles equipment yard and eventually to some of the rice fields my pops and I farm. I point out how many acres some of the fields are.

We then fly over the Grey Lodge Wildlife refuge that is surrounded by rice fields. The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range is off in the distance as we follow the feather river, over Oroville and reach the Lake Oroville Dam. We get a great shot at how low the water level of the lake sits as well as the spillway, which is still under construction.

Taking this birds-eye-view, areal tour gives us a great perspective of how large the rice fields are and how low Lake Oroville lake.

How a Harvest Combine Works!

How do Harvest Combines work is a question I get a lot during rice harvest. I’m always too busy to explain, in more detail how our harvesting machines work. Before we put in this year’s rice crop and way before harvest 2018, I want to open up the harvester and show you inside. I hope you find it interesting learning how a harvester works and how combines are made. The Claas Lexion harvester that we run on our rice farm is a Lexion 585R.

The 2018 California Drought and Farming without Water!

Is the 2018 California drought a reality? Over the winter there has been little to no rainfall thus far. With all this dry weather is California back in a water crisis? There are many questions about water, both regarding the potential drought this year and our relationship with the resource as rice farmers. Our rice fields are located in Butte County and the reservoir we draw our water from is the Lake Oroville Dam. We are facing a 2018 drought in our area for two reasons: (1) no rain and snow (2) over the spring and summer in 2017 water was released from the Oroville Dam to allow the repairs on the damaged spillway. Hopefully we will be saved by rains in March. It’s happened before.

The Rice Fields My Shovel Made!

These rice fields are a muddy mess and need a lot of shovel work. Yes, the old shovel–a rice farmer’s best tool. After rice harvest, throughout the cold northern California winter, these rice fields have been submerged in water, decomposing last year’s remaining rice straw. Now, as spring approaches, we need to drain the winter water and dry out these rice fields. We have pulled the boards out of the rice boxes and allowed the water to flow out of the fields. Pops, more recently, has driving a bank-out (self-propelled grain cart) through the rice fields creating deep ruts that serve as drains. This helps the flow of water dramatically. We need these rice fields dry for the spring so that we may enter with our heavy tractors and planting equipment. We need to turn this muddy mess back into a nice, beautiful rice field. So let’s get the 2018 rice crop started!

Rice Harvest 2018 | How Rice is Harvested in Brazil!

Learn how rice is harvested in Brazil during the 2018 rice harvest. I’m in Joinville, Santa Catarina driving down Rodovia do Arroz (Rice Highway), through the Villa Nova rural district of the city, looking for a rice farmer harvesting rice. In the southern states of Brazil, due to the climate, farmers are able to harvest rice twice a year. In February it’s their first harvest and what rice seeds fall behind will serve as the second crop. There’s a lot of ripe rice out there but with daily rains farmers are having a difficult time keeping the harvesters cutting. The combine used by this Brazilian rice farmer is a New Holland Harvest Combine.

My Top 10 Favorite Things to do in Joinville, Brazil!

Watch now for my top 10 favorite things to do in Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil. If you’re visiting this city you’ll learn a lot about what activities, culture and food Joinville has to offer. If you’re from the beautiful city the, perhaps, you’ll renew your love for Joinville after watching.

Traveling with Expired Passport!

Have you ever realized that you were about to travel with an expired passport? One day before our long flight to Brazil Clara awoke and, while running a checklist of things to do, realized that Elena’s passport was expired. We basically had 24 hours on a Friday to get a new passport or renew her old one. It would have otherwise been quite expensive, at the last minute, to change our flight date. Thank you to the Brazilian Consulate in San Francisco for making the special case and helping us so fast. Thank you for watching!

Talking USA Rice Outlook Conference | Market Day Report on RFD-TV

The 2017 USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Antonio was the first of its kind that I attended. It was a great opportunity to meet fellow rice farmers as well as marketers, researchers and millers from across the rice producing states. At the rice conference I participated in a ‘Rice Storytelling’ panel and also interviewed for the Rice Leadership Development program. It was a lot of fun! Oh yeah, I also explored San Antonio with my family! Thanks for watching!

This is San Antonio, Texas!

‘What to do when visiting San Antonio, Texas’ is something Clara and I didn’t really consider until we landed in the Alamo City (aka River City). We were both just focused on preparing for the USA Rice Outlook Conference. Luckily near the Grand Hyatt, where we stayed, and next door to the Henry B. González Convention Center there are plenty of things to do for a first time visitor. There’s the Alamo of course, the river walk, the Tower of Americas and much, much more. The biggest tip I can give: don’t worry about it–everything is so close! We had a great time in the city and were never in need of a guide book or directions. We wish we had more time to explore the city but we still saw a lot!

How to Start Making Videos (for Beginners)!

Have you considered that you’d like to start making videos, short films, journalistic video features or even start a vlog and a YouTube channel? In this episode I will explain my gear, editing software and general approach to story telling. Below you will find all the cameras and camera gear that I discussed in the video: – Xenvo Mobile Phone Camera Lens Pro: http://amzn.to/2As11sH – Rode Videomic Me Directional Mic for Mobile Phone: http://amzn.to/2iFPKjU – UBeesize Mobile Phone Tripod: http://amzn.to/2BGImto – Action Mount GoPro Style Head Strap Mobile Phone Mount: http://amzn.to/2jFU9zW – Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Camera http://amzn.to/2BDIXvz *Gear I used to make this video:* – Canon 80D DSLR Camera: http://amzn.to/2ibosxM – Canon EFS 10-18mm Lens: http://amzn.to/2AEZv8W – Rode Videomic Pro Shotgun Mic: http://amzn.to/2nnL8k7 Thank you for watching!

Big News from the Rice Fields!

Big News from the rice fields as we prepare for our winter break. I’ll be speaking at this year’s USA Rice Outlook Conference on a panel titled “Rice Storytelling”! Also in this episode I give an update on the rice fields and harvest equipment. We’ve been hard at work even though harvest has been over for about a month and a half. We just want to get as much done before it gets too cold and rainy out in the rice fields and shop. We also want to go on vacation!



My Freshly Milled Rice!

My freshly milled rice is now available here: http://ricefarmingtv.com/shop

The 1989 Rice Harvest!

The 1989 California rice harvest was one to remember. Early fall rains created poor cutting conditions and extended the harvest late into fall. The slow cutting and down rice reflects the harvest we had this year in 2017. However, instead of rain we had intense heat which cause rapid overgrowth of the rice plant which took it down and created slow difficult cutting conditions. In 1989 Pops harvested 1,000 acres of rice with 3 Massy Ferguson MF 760s. Today we have a John Deere CTSII and 9660 CTS as well as a Claas Lexion 595R. We farm 1,600 acres of rice. Thanks for watching!

Cutest Little Harvester You’ve Ever Seen!

The Almaco SPC-40 seed research plot combine cuts a trial field at the Rice Experiment Station in Biggs, CA. The experiment, lead by Farm Advisor Luis Espino of the University of California Cooperative Extension, is of various fungicide treatments on rice. The goal is to find which fungicide treatment delivers the best yield and best quality of rice. For more information on the Rice Experiment Station visit their website.

The 2017 Halloween Rice Prank!

The second annual Halloween rice prank! Not only will I be surprising trick-or-treaters with a bowl of uncooked rice…I’ll later give them two options: candy or rice! That’s right! I’ve freshly milled my freshly harvested 2017 rice crop and let’s see if these kids will choose a 1 cup sample over a piece of candy! We had a lot of fun with this episode!

12 Hours of Harvesting Rice!

Spend the day with me as rice harvest continues here in California. During the early morning I will perform the daily maintenance on the harvest combine (check oil, grease and clean), phone in for an interview with RFD-TV and eventually start cutting rice when the early morning dew dries.

Rice Harvest in Virtual 360º Action!

The 2017 California rice harvest is presented to you in virtual 360º video!

Time Stamps for you to skip around the video if you’d like:

Start: Introduction to viewing 360º video. 01:42

Title Cards 02:00

Starting Engine 02:35

Leaving Equipment Yard 03:46

In the Rice Field 04:00

Engaging Separator and Adjusting Settings 05:27

Starting to Cut Rice 07:35

Explaining Header Controls 08:09

Explaining Engine Load 11:08

Q&A: How Often do You Sharpen the Sickle Blades? 12:23

Q&A: Any Black Crowned Night Herons in the Rice Fields? 14:32

Pointing out Bankout (Grain Cart) 15:13

Unloading Rice into Bankout 16:40

Bankout Leaves with Load of Rice 17:06

Q&A: Do You Need a Spotter When You Start into a Field? 18:30

Special Shout Out 18:52

Q&A: How Much Does the Moisture Affect the Price? 20:44

Q&A: Can You Explain How to Drive a Harvester and Bankout? 21:53

My Lunchbox 22:49

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I’m operating a Class Lexion R585 harvest combine with a 20′ Honey Bee Header. We are harvesting medium grain rice in the northern Sacramento Valley (Richvale, California).  Out in California we call “grain carts” bank outs. Same concept just self-porpelled. We do have a grain cat hooked up to a Case 260 but that was shadowing our other combines at a different rice field. We also have a John Deere 9660 CTS and CTS II harvest combines. Notice we don’t own any single rotor combines. This is to avoid issues they have faced with rotor loss.

How To Harvest LAZY Rice!

In last week’s episode of Rice Farming TV I explained why our rice is lazy. Now let’s cover how to harvest lazy rice. This was the number one question so I thought I needed to answer it in detail. We need to operate our harvest combines with care when harvesting lodge (lazy) rice. The header needs to be lower to the ground and the reel needs to be spinning very fast in order to pick up the rice. Also our operation starts later in the day as the morning dew takes longer to evaporate. There is no air flow in the down rice and we cannot harvest with this outside moisture. We will get through it though. Rice harvest 2017 will be slow and difficult but every day we are a bit closer to being finished.

Lazy Rice!

California rice harvest is just ahead but this 2017 crop is extremely lazy! Lazy? It’s almost all laying down due to, what I think, was high temperatures in the 100+ºF range. The rice plants grew too tall and fell over. This can also be attributed to over fertilizing but we used less fertilizer on this field than last year. And laster year we cut the rice standing up! Thank you for watching and supporting Rice Farming TV!

Elena’s First Visit to New York!

It’s Elena’s first visit to New York and our last vacation before the 2017 rice harvest begins! We stay in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and visit Manhattan, walk the High Line, visit art galleries and eat well! A another big highlight of the city was visiting the National Museum. Also driving out of the city to the art park Stork King was really fun. We all had a great time on our visit to New York! Of course there were plenty of things to do and a whole lot more we wish we would have had time for. Thanks for watching.

The Lord of Rice!

Clara and I attend The Lord of Rice cooking competition at Restaurant Ten22 in Old Town Sacramento. Earlier in the day I do a live interview with Good Day Sacramento and work on draining the rice fields in preparation for harvest.

Increase Yields by Eliminating Rotor Loss!

Can the Estes RPR Concave System stop rotor loss for California rice? Many farmers have tried aftermarket solutions to prevent rotor loss in their single rotor harvest combines. Could this be the cure that increases yields and cutting speed?

Cutest Baby Bird You’ve Ever Seen!

California birds and wildlife that roam the Sacramento Valley rice fields are always a welcome sight. I love running into birds like ducks, geese, tundra swans, owls and the great American Bittern. In this episode we’ll visit a cute baby Bittern. Also there’s another surprise from a family of…

I’ll also give you an update on the progression of the rice production. The plant is entering the reproductive phase as it’s nearing the end of its life cycle. Harvest should be in about a month to 5 weeks.

Live in Studio from Nashville, Tennessee Y’all!

Talking California rice live in studio at the RFD-TV headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee! Watch the live interview here:

We had such a great time in Nashville. What a fun city! Thank you to all the staff at RFD-TV for the great travel tips. Highlights: eating at Hattie B’s Chicken, Sushi PM and Burger Up. Visiting Centennial Park, River Front Park and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

I definitely recommend staying at the Hotel Thompson downtown. It’s a 5 star hotel and worth every penny (but also reasonably priced).

Thank you Nashville and thank YOU for watching. Please subscribe!

My New Autonomous Agriculture Drone!

This autonomous agriculture drone can spray herbicides and pesticides to any crops, but it’s amazing seeing it over the rice fields. With a mobile base station and monitor you only need to select your input area, speed and volume and let the drone to the rest.

Rice Farming TV- Kids Ask how Rice is Grown!

The California rice production process is quite complicated but these kids are asking all the right questions. Through Learn About Ag: California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC) I was put in contact with a third grade class in Sacramento who were very eager to learn about how rice is grown in the USA. During my visit to their school they had excellent questions about the growing process, harvest, animals, weeds and had all kinds of intelligent thoughts. So much so that I wanted to share them with you.

I hope you enjoy spending time with these kids as much as I did.

Rice Farming TV- Yamaha RMAX Agricultural Drone!

The Yamaha RMAX unmanned helicopters are designed for a wide range of industrial and research applications. In today’s demonstration we will witness the agricultural drone apply herbicide to a rice field. This may be a huge step forward in precision agriculture!

The event was hosted at the Rice Experiment Station in Biggs, California. The RMAX helicopter drone applied the herbicide over a 10 acre plot of rice.

Other agricultural uses for the RMAX unmanned arial vehicle include spraying, seeding, remote sensing, precision agriculture, frost mitigation and variable rate dispersal.

Rice Farming TV – Herbicide Weed Control and the TRUTH

Spraying herbicides as weed control is a very controversial subject so I took great care filming this episode of Rice Farming TV. Working within the agriculture industry this information is obvious to me. I do know though that consumers have been made to fear their food because of herbicides and pesticides. There’s no reason for it. Conventionally grown food is safe and its due to great over-sight, restrictions, guidelines, testing and a whole lot more factors. I hope this episode is able to shed a little light on the touchy subject.

A special thanks to my two favorite Pest Control Advisors (PCAs) here in Butte County: Kevin and Joe. They help me out in the fields and consulted me on this episode. I wanted to make sure I got everything right and fair.

Rice Farming TV

Learn how to cook perfect, delicious rice in this tutorial. You’ll also learn the difference between white rice and brown rice. Watch how paddy rice is milled down for consumption.

Take 1 portion rice to two portions water plus your seasoning–bring to a boil in your pot or rice cooker. When the water has finished boiling off your rice is ready. Really, it’s that simple to cook rice. There’s really no secret.

Me being a rice farmer I have a nice advantage that I have access to a small milling machine and can have freshly milled rice.