Cooperative Extension, Sutter-Yuba Counties
University of California
Cooperative Extension, Sutter-Yuba Counties

Testing for Suspected Herbicide Resistance

UCCE Rice Weeds Program

The UCCE Rice Weeds Program tests grower submitted seed samples of potentially herbicide resistant watergrass species, sprangletop, smallflower umbrella sedge and bulrush. However, we encourage you to submit ANY species that you suspect to be resistant. We keep individual grower information confidential and any reporting of results will not identify individual growers.

Please fill out the testing form (Herbicide Resistance Testing Form) for each weed seed sample (each field and/or species). The following tips will ensure that you receive the best possible results:

  • The best timing of collection is when the seed easily falls off the seed head by gentle agitation in a paper bag.

o   For watergrass species, this should be close to rice harvest

o   For sprangletop, timing will be earlier, in August or September

o   For the sedges, timing may be as early as July, all the way through early September

  • Seed should be collected from areas that you know have been sprayed with the suspected herbicide.
  • Collect seeds from multiple plants, and the amount should be at least a few handfuls of seed, to ensure sufficient quantity for testing.
  • Please do not collect seed from around field margins.
  • Allow seed to dry in the paper bag to prevent molding.

Bring the sample and form to your local UCCE Farm Advisor or send or drop off samples at the Rice Experiment Station (RES) in Biggs. If you need assistance in collection, please contact your Farm Advisor or PCA. Results should be available from Amar Godar (asgodar@ucdavis.edu) at the RES in February or March of 2017.

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