U.S. rice farmers can look forward to a robust crop, with USDA rating 68% of it in good to excellent condition, and pointing to a one-point improvement this week, AgDay reported.
In Arkansas, the state growing the most rice, 59% of the rice crop is in good to excellent shape, while in Texas, 56% is rated good to excellent.
It’s very good news for people like Paul Silva, a Texas rice farmer near Bay City who has benefitted from rains after going through four years of devastating drought.
The best part: he’s growing rice again.
“I hated to see the last four years where there was no rice, and it’s a blessing to see it, to see water flowing out of the river, and to see the green rice field,” Silva told AgDay.
Watch the AgDay Segment on the U.S. rice crop conditions and what it means in Texas here: