The rice crop is next to suffer in California’s ongoing drought

Dry conditions and water cuts are taking a toll on California’s rice crop.

Nationally, acreage is down 7 percent, which is the lowest since 1958. That is due in part to Western water shortages and irrigation restrictions. USDA’s Outlook Board Chairman shares what we can expect for U.S. rice producers in the next year.

“Tighter U.S. supplies, higher imports, lower exports, modest increase in ending stocks, but strong farm prices,” says Mark Jekanowski.

The USDA rates 60 percent of California’s current rice crop good to excellent.

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