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CA Rice a bit below average in 2008, but reaps rising revenue
Time to buy that new tractor

The state's 2008 rice harvest is projected to be slightly below the 10-year average – just over 4 billion pounds.

But, like grain all over the world, California rice has soared in value in the past year. At current prices, the crop would sell for more than $1 billion – up 70 percent from 2007 and the richest harvest since 1980, adjusting for inflation. Roughly four-fifths of the crop is sold out of state.

Farm expenses for fertilizer, herbicide and diesel fuel are all substantially higher today than a year ago, eating into profits. Still, farmers say the strong rice market has more than covered the rising costs.

A panoply in the paddies

Virtually all of the U.S. crop of short- and medium-grain rice is grown in the Sacramento Valley. Local farmers grow dozens of specialty varieties – wild rice, premium short-grain Japanese types, plump arborio used for risotto, as well as basmati, favored in South Asian cuisine. California is also the nation's top producer of organic rice.

The leading rice variety planted here is known as Calrose, a slightly sweet and sticky variety suited to Japanese and Korean cooking. It's a standard for cereals like Rice Krispies and also used to make beer and sake.

Water guzzler?

The rice industry has long been criticized for its heavy water use – with some reason.

In a year, a rice farmer typically spreads enough water on a field to flood it to a depth of 5 to 6 feet or more. Compare that with the needs of crops like almonds (which take about 40 inches of irrigation water), or canning tomatoes (30 inches).

However: Some of the water poured onto rice fields is drained back into the Sacramento River at the end of the growing season, and some also percolates into aquifers. Because little of the Valley's original marshland remains, rice fields have become a key stopping point for migratory birds. And much of local rice country has heavy clay soils suited for few crops other than rice.
MGR Archive 25.9.2008
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