Overall 2016 Rice Acreage Anticipated To Rise

Mar 31, 2016
USA Rice Chairman Dow Brantley
Dow Brantley
WASHINGTON, DC – Area planted for rice in 2016 is expected to total 3.06 million acres, 450,000 more than 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Prospective Plantings report released today.  Planted acreage is forecast higher for all six major rice-producing states.  Mississippi is expected to have the largest percentage increase of 47 percent from 150,000 to 220,000 acres followed by Texas at 42 percent from 133,000 to 189,000 acres.

Long-grain, representing 80 percent of the total rice acreage, is expected to be 578,000 acres more than last year.  Medium-grain, 19 percent of the total rice acreage, is projected to be 122,000 acres less than the previous year.  Area planted for all short-grain varieties, representing 1 percent of production, is anticipated to be down almost 20 percent from last year’s total.

USA Rice Chairman and Arkansas farmer Dow Brantley said, “With the overall increase in acreage this year, now more than ever, it’s important for us to expand existing overseas markets and development in markets in places like Cuba and Iraq will be watched closely.

The USDA report is based on information supplied to USDA by growers, and though generally accurate within 5 percent, actual planted acres could vary.  The Rice Acreage Report, based on actual planted acres, will be published at the end of June.