Recently it has been reported that the rice growers in Northern California are wrapping up what turned out to be a near-normal planting season, as spring rains enabled them to boost acreage. In view of the big storms in March, the state’s rice acreage will likely end up near 500, 000, as it was stated by Mr Charley Mathews, a rice grower in California and USA Rice Federation executive committee member. Further, it also shows up significantly from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s prediction in early March that growers would seed rice on 427,000 acres, only 1 percent above the acreage seeded last year. However, everything changed in about a two-week period.
Further, in this matter it has been revealed that early estimate was based on a survey of growers done before the March rains materialized, as informed by Mr Mathews. Though many Northern California growers are getting their full allocations of surface water this year but reduced prices and lingering uncertainty among water suppliers caused farmers to initially be conservative in their planting plans. All it is due to improved rainfall and recovering reservoirs, farmers now say that they are back to planting more of a normal crop in this season, as reported by the California Farm Bureau Federation. The plantings come even though a global surplus in rice is still weighing down prices and California farmers are facing more competition from farmers in other parts of the world growing medium-grain rice, the Farm Bureau revealed.
Furthermore, according to the data, it indicates that the rice averaged $376.05 per metric ton in April, which is up slightly from $370.48Indian Queen Basmati Rice by Bharat Industrial Enterprises Limited in March but down significantly from a peak of more than $600 per metric ton in 2011 and 2012, according to the IndexMundi online data portal. It has also been highlighted that the near-normal plantings follow drought-diminished seasons in 2014 and 2015, when growers in the Golden State planted 431,000 acres and about 370,000 acres, respectively, according to NASS. Moreover, the growers encountered occasional showers during this year’s planting, but they didn’t put the season significantly behind schedule. Further, the rain during the springtime is spotty as some areas get more than others, as narrated by Mr Mathews and I think we shall harvest on time. In this regard, it was also stated the we are a little later than last year planting wise, however, it depends upon what the summer does and it is hoped that it will be fine.