BUTAPCD RULE 315 RICE STRAW BURNING
LAST REVISED 08/06/85


               The  following  shall  apply  to  all rice straw and stubble
               burning:

               A.   All  rice harvesters shall employ  a  mechanical  straw
                    spreader to insure even distribution of the straw, with
                    the exception  that  rice  straw  may  be  left in rows
                    providing that it meets the drying time criteria  prior
                    to a burn as described in this Regulation.

               B.   The  drying  time  after harvest shall not be less than
                    three (3) days and no  row  rice  straw shall be burned
                    prior to a ten (10) day drying time, except that if the
                    rice  straw  or stubble makes an audible  crackle  when
                    tested just prior  to  burning  with the testing method
                    described in this Rule.  After a  rain exceeding 15/100
                    of an inch, rice straw or stubble shall  not  be burned
                    unless  the straw makes an audible crackle when  tested
                    just prior to burning with the testing method described
                    in this Regulation.

               C.   When checking  the field for moisture, the grower shall
                    test a composite sample of straw from under the mat, in
                    the center of the  mat  and from the different areas of
                    the field to insure a representative sample.  A handful
                    of straw from each area will give a good indication.