RICE HARVEST is underway in California’s Sacramento Valley where 95 percent of the state’s crop is grown. Early harvest data suggests good yields and quality despite cool, wet spring growing conditions. Photo taken in Butte County at FJR Farms, owned by Frank Rehermann.
CHARLEY MATHEWS, rice grower, Maryville, Calif., reports his early yields this fall are averaging about 8,000 pounds per acre.
CHARLEY MATHEWS is hoping to bring in his 2010 rice crop before fall rains arrive.
EARLY SEASON rice quality appears average to above average on Charley Mathews’ farm.
FRANK REHERMANN says, “It’s the best looking (rice) crop that I’ve ever had from one end of my operation to the other.”
FRANK REHERMANN, right, FJR Farms, discusses the rice harvest with foreman Alberto Duenas.
Western Farm Press