Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Water shortages cause drop in rice acreage

Last night's rain notwithstanding, rice growers in the Sacramento Valley continue to curb their expectations for this year's crop as the dry summer progresses.

From the California Farm Bureau Federation:
Water shortages mean another cut in Sacramento Valley rice planting, according to the California Rice Commission. The commission said Tuesday it expects rice to be planted on 375,000 acres of land this year, down about 60,000 acres from last year and below an earlier government projection. Along with the loss of economic activity, the commission says the reduced acreage will also affect wildlife that depend on rice fields for habitat.
As I reported last month, the National Agricultural Statistics Service had anticipated 408,000 acres of rice this season.

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