The days are warm, the rice is growing tall and everything seems in order for this growing season.
After a bumpy start due to the uncooperative spring weather, my rice fields have reached the midpoint of the growing season. The short grain rice has headed out, meaning heads have emerged from the plants and the rice kernels will be formed in the coming weeks. Heads are also starting to appear in some of my medium grain rice fields. Issues with some weeds in the fields faced earlier in the season have also been dealt with.
A good temperature for rice is in the mid 90s and nature has been pretty helpful in that regard. Nights haven’t been too cool, which is also helpful. My harvest equipment is ready to go and it looks like our first fields will be harvested late next month. This looks to be another late season but hopefully the rains will hold off until after all of our harvesting is complete.
Punch Haskell grows rice in Colusa County and is part of a family farming operation that began approximately 60 years ago.