Rice Extension

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A top Missouri ag commodity

Keep current on best rice production practices to maximize your yield.

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Rice is an important southeast Missouri crop with a harvested value of $180 million. Farmers plant about 200,000 acres each year, though the land area of rice varies from year to year depending on weather and commodity prices. Rice is usually flood irrigated and rotated with soybean to help with rice straw management and prevent such rice diseases as sheath blight.

Missouri farmers grow both long- and medium-grain rice varieties and hybrids. Cooking properties and flavor vary by grain length. The rice is sold to domestic and international markets for human consumption as rough and milled grain. Some rice also is used to make beer and gluten-free products.

Faculty members at the University of Missouri–Fisher Delta Center conduct rice research on loam and clay soils at Qulin and Portageville in southeastern Missouri. The Missouri Rice Research and Merchandising Council and Southeast Missouri State University are our partners in this work.

Find our research-based rice production insights on this site.

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