Rice Farming TV Episodes


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.