Chris Greer conducts the UCCE rice farming systems program in Sutter/Yuba, Placer and Sacramento.
Chris graduated from UCD with a PhD in Plant Pathology, emphasizing fungal diseases of rice. Chris’ experience with California rice began in 1996 as a graduate student, evaluating chemical control methods for stem rot and aggregate sheath spot diseases. Later that same year, he identified rice blast disease in California and developed a dissertation research project with Dr. Bob Webster. Chris’s rice blast research focused on initial identification of the pathogen, distribution of the disease, cultural and chemical controls, impact of local environmental conditions on disease development, disease susceptibility of California rice varieties and determining the diversity within the local pathogen population.
Upon leaving UC Davis and prior to joining UCCE, Chris worked two years for a Yuba City based company managing operations for a regional weather data network in the Sacramento Valley. The collected weather data was used in disease prediction models to develop daily disease risk indices for various crops and pathogens throughout the area.
Rice, including paddy and seed rice, was produced on over 142 thousand acres in the county in 2002, and had an on-farm value of $146 million. This was over 50% of the total county ag income. Local rice acreage increased 21% from 2001, while the farm-gate value rose 20%.
UC Rice Blog
Added April 16, 2013
I just read an article from the latest edition of California Agriculture: “Nitrogen fertilizer use in California: Assessing the data, trends and a way forward”. The article compiles data about inorganic N fertilizer use by major crops in...
Added March 13, 2013
The University of California is in the process of hiring a Cooperative Extension Rice Specialist. Two applicants have been selected as final candidates, and as part of the interview process, they will be giving an Extension Seminar. I would like to...
Added February 14, 2013
I uploaded the 2013 Rice Grower Meetings presentations to the UC Rice Project website. Let us know if you have any questions!
Added January 14, 2013
What's new in the 3rd Edition? New exotic pest discussion New detecting, confirming, and managing herbicide resistance sections 21 new photos added for diseases, weeds, and vertebrates Color illustrations New life cycle illustrations for each...
Added January 4, 2013
Four Locations: Richvale: Monday, Jan. 28, 8:30 am, Evangelical Church, 5219 Church St., Richvale Yuba City: Monday, Jan. 28, 1:00 pm, Veterans Hall, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City Colusa: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 8:30 am, CIP Conference Room, 100...
Added December 21, 2012
Visit our new website. We'll be posting meeting announcements, links to rice-related publications, outreach materials and much more. http://ucanr.edu/sites/UCRiceProject/
Added December 14, 2012
Winter is a good time to catch up on scientific reading. On a paper published in the Journal of Economic Entomology last year, Chinese scientists determined that certain insecticides used in rice (in China) are compatible with the wasp Trichogramma...
Added December 10, 2012
A UC Cooperative Extension specialist says there isn’t enough scientific evidence to warrant consumers making changes to their diets nor to their children’s diets based on recent media reports about levels of arsenic in rice. The issue arose...
Added November 26, 2012
Richvale: Monday, 28 January, 8:00 am - 12:00, Evangelical Church, 5219 Church St., Richvale Yuba City: Monday, 28 January, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Veterans Hall, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City Colusa: Tuesday, 5 February, 8:00 am -...
Added October 24, 2012
I recently read an interesting article that forecasts the production of greenhouse gases (GHG) from ricelands by the end of the 21st century1. The authors used data from 63 studies conducted in 30 different locations in 8 different countries. This...