Farmers expect rice harvest in the Sacramento Valley is now underway, and they’re optimistic for their crop and its prospects.
Based on harvested fields of some earlier-maturing varieties already making their way to dryers, farmers say they anticipate crop yields will be about average. Despite a recent heatwave, they reported a largely typical growing season — even though the pandemic has made for an unusual marketing year.
Rice is a multi-million dollar industry in Yolo County. In 2019, rice ranked at No. 4 on the Top 20 Commodities for the county, bringing in $57.086 million, an increase over $52 million earned in 2018 and $39.585 million in 2017.
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