Rice (Oryza sativa) is food for more than one-half the people of the world, and worldwide, there are about 120,000 varieties known to exist. It is the grain with the second highest worldwide production, after corn (Zea Mays L.). However, since a large portion of corn crops are grown for purposes other than human consumption, rice is the most important staple food grain with regards to human nutrition and caloric intake, providing more than one fifth of the calories consumed worldwide by the humans.
In California, commercial rice production began in Butte County in 1912. Now California grows approximately 530,000 acres of rice each year (in 2009 the top rice producing states were Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas).
When I was a much younger man before I went back to graduate school, I grew short and medium grain varieties of rice myself in Sacramento County… owned one of the largest sustainable farms in the area, and was very successful. If you need help with growing rice, or have any questions about rice or any other crop, contact us, we can help you with your production and profit. Dr. B.