Friday, October 16, 2009

U.S. Rice Harvest and International Growing Seasons Updates

So what is new around the world this week for the Valley rice projects?

First, let's talk about harvest in the US. The weather finally permitted the harvest of one of the center pivot fields. The yield is estimated at 175bu/ac (8.2mt/ha) dry across the field as compared to the yield of 190bu/ac (8.9mt/ha) dry with traditional flooded rice production in the corners and adjacent field. With a little help from the weather, we should have some more harvest information next week.

In Pakistan, the crop continues to develop well and has folks excited about how good it looks and how little water is being used.

Lastly in Brazil, the weather also has been wet and so far planting has only been finished at one of the cooperator's center pivots. The crop has not emerged yet.

Comments and questions are welcome!