California Rice Has a Long History

August 30, 2012

Most of the time we southerners think of the rice growing states as Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, but today I was reminded that California also has a long history in growing rice.

Based on the photos, the Rice Experiment Station Field Day this week in Biggs, California, looked just like any other field day with farmers loaded on trailers taking a look at the latest test plots while they listened to state rice specialists.

The big difference is that the event was a celebration of the Biggs Field Station’s 100th anniversary.  And, it must have been a humdinger attended by 600 farmers and industry representatives.

The station has come along way in the history of  California rice with the release of 44 varieties, ranging from late maturing and low yields in the early years to short, early maturing high yielders of today.

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