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Rice Strawlage meeting, July 29, Willows

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 • Willows, CA

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The lack of post-harvest water to aid in rice straw decomposition will pose a unique challenge for California rice growers that University of California researchers think they have a solution for.

University of California Cooperative Extension Research shows that bailing rice straw immediately behind rice harvest greatly increases the ability of cattle to utilize it. Making rice strawlage involves baling straw the same day the rice is harvested at 50- to 60-percent moisture, then storing it under a tarp.

A meeting to discuss these findings and the practical nature of doing this will be held July 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 525 West Sycamore Street, Willows, Calif.

The meeting will discuss how to make rice strawlage, the nutritional advantages of strawlage over straw, the challenges associated with baling at 50- 60-percent moisture, additives that can be provided, how to stack and tarp it, nutrients removed from the field with the process, and costs associated.

Included will be the input of two ranchers who fed rice strawlage last year, and their experience with it.

Because of the high moisture associated with strawlage, and the transportation costs, it is assumed that the most prudent use will be ranches adjacent to rice production areas. Rice and cattle producers are encouraged to attend the meeting.

For more information, contact Glenn Nader at (530) 822-7515, or ganader@ucanr.edu.

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Veterans Memorial Hall
525 West Sycamore Street
Willows, California
United States

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