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  1. 1. 10th December , 2013 Chinese COLOR SORTER as low as Pak Rs 22 Lakh Only A Time Limited Offer Contact: Cell: 0300 414 3493 Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
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  3. 3. TOP Contents - Tailored for YOU Latest News Headlines…         Rice varieties - Here’s help for 2014 Rice pledging scheme continues despite House dissolution Chinese exports to Vietnam: greater volumes, cheaper prices Rice growers face loss of $80m PNG market Gov't rice inventory dips below minimum required amid post-disaster relief Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open-Dec 10 Bengal’s aromatic Gobindo Bhog rice attracts more farmers Rice plantings could be on the rise in 2014 NEWS DETAILS: Rice varieties - Here’s help for 2014 Dec. 10, 2013Farm Press Editorial Staff | Delta Farm Press Decisions about varieties are some of the most critical choices rice farmers will make, and those decisions have to be made early.LSU AgCenter provides help in its just released Rice Varieties and Management Tips publication.Use the information in the publication to help determine which rice varieties are best-suited to your particular location and growing conditions. Rice pledging scheme continues despite House dissolution Tuesday, 10 December 2013 By MCOT - See more at: http://www.pattayamail.com/business/rice-pledgingscheme-continues-despite-house-dissolution-32865#sthash.1n4RlodP.dpufBANGKOK, Dec 9 - Dissolution of Thailand's lower house of parliament will not interrupt the continuity of the rice pledging scheme introduced by the Yingluck Shinawatra administration, according to Internal Trade Department Director General Somchart Soithong.Mr Somchart said his department would carry on its highly-criticised rice-pledging programme despite concern that the House Dissolution on Monday would affect its continuity. He explained that the Cabinet's authorised timeframe for 2013-14 harvests would finish in February next year. Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  4. 4. The department will leave it to the new government to decide whether or not the country should carry on the second round of the pledging programme.Mr Somchart said the government bought some six million tonnes of paddy since October 1 and so far Bt 50 billion has been paid to registered farmers. The bank is now seeking to receive more repayments from the Finance Ministry in order to pay all the farmers.The Commerce Ministry has, meanwhile, expedited distribution of rice in stock to keep the cash flow. (MCOT online news) Chinese exports to Vietnam: greater volumes, cheaper prices TUOITRENEWS UPDATED : 12/10/2013 12:04 GMT + 7 It is easy to explain why Chinese imports are flooding the Vietnamese market: they can be delivered quickly, in huge quantities, and at dirt-cheap prices.While agriculture is Vietnam’s economic strength, the sector is now also full of produce imported from China, not to mention a heavy reliance on Chinese machinery, seeds, and fertilizers.Vietnam spent some $40 million to import up to 15,000 tons of rice seeds from China every year, according to the Department of Cultivation. This is equal to the value of exporting 100,000 tons of high-quality rice.The country also imports a huge amount of fertilizer from China, with the total import turnover in the year to October topped $703.4 million for 2 million tons of fertilizer. Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  5. 5. Cheap Fruit and vegetable imports from China to Vietnam slowed down in the second quarter of this year, following news of several food scandals unearthed in the country.But the volume of Chinese produce exported to VN has returned to its normal track in the last months of the year, with wholesalers revealing that Chinese produce like carrots, pumpkins, and cabbage are arriving in Vietnam in huge quantities on a daily basis thanks to reduced prices.While Chinese carrots fetched VND3,800 a kg in May, prices dropped to only VND2,500 a kg in October. Meanwhile, cabbage prices slumped 48.5 percent from earlier this year to only VND1,700 a kg.―Import prices slumped while selling prices on the market remain unchanged or even increased, enabling traders to rake in greater profits,‖ said Cuong, a wholesaler at the Tam Binh agriculture wholesaling market in Thu Duc District.Chinese produce has managed to re-penetrate Vietnam, taking advantage of the fact that prices of produce imported from Thailand, New Zealand, and the US strongly surged in the third quarter. Fast, plentiful The wholesaling market of Hoc Mon is always busy, even at 1 in the morning.At 1am, container trucks arrive at the market and traders immediately rush out to unload myriad of cartons containing citrus fruits, pears, and apples. On the cartons are labels covered with Chinese characters.―Each container truck will unload at least 100 – 300 cartons at each booth in the market,‖ Ngoc, a wholesaler, said.There are traders who source as many as 1,000 cartons per night, but all wholesalers here manage to sell their goods by morning.Each fruit carton weighs 8kg, some of which must have been frozen months before being exported to Vietnam.The distributors also make it faster to transfer the produce to the Mekong Delta.―While traders from the Mekong Delta have to come to wholesaling markets in HCMC to source the fruits, the container trucks now also come to the delta, reducing the transporting cost,‖ a wholesaler revealed.Chinese goods thus continue to win the market in the Mekong Delta, and are now rampant in the area. In snap: Chinese fruits are seen on sale at Hoc Mon wholesaling market in Ho Chi Minh City December 8, 2013. Rice growers face loss of $80m PNG market From THE AUSTRALIAN Mon 09 Dec 2013 Topics:Australia Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  6. 6. SYDNEY, Australia --- Australia's rice growers are facing the threatened loss of their biggest overseas market, in Papua New Guinea -- worth about AUD$80 million a year, almost a quarter of the entire industry's earnings.The government will be quizzing PNG's ministers at the annual Joint Ministerial Forum, in Canberra on Wednesday, about the prospect of Indonesia supplanting Australia as the country's core rice supplier.For decades, debate has raged within PNG about whether the country should invest in its own rice industry to replace imports. Although rice has become a staple of the diet, it remains far behind traditional carbohydrates such as sweet potato and taro, and pilot projects and village plots have not yet expanded domestic production beyond a small fraction of imports.The PNG government, however, decided to ramp up import-substitution plans, inviting in June expressions of interest in a AUD$2 billion, 100,000ha project in Central province, the area around Port Moresby.The winner -- against competitors including Trukai, the company through which Australian rice growers market and also produce, on a small scale, in PNG -- was Naima Agroindustry.This company is seeking a 20-year tax holiday, and the imposition of an 80 per cent duty on all rice that it does not import -- boosting consumer prices by an estimated 60 per cent and effectively locking Trukai and the other major suppliers, two Thai brands and a Vietnamese brand, out of the PNG market.Naima is a subsidiary of Indonesia-based Mulia, a company whose principal is Djoko Tjandra.Tjandra, 62, was last year given citizenship in PNG, where he is now known as Joe Chan, at a secret ceremony, after fleeing by private jet from Jakarta when he had been ordered to appear before a court there in a corruption case for which he was jailed in absentia for two years. His project is supported by Agriculture Minister Puka Temu and Transport Minister Ano Pala, both of whose constituencies are in Central province.But influential National Planning Minister Charles Abel said last week that while the government encouraged locally produced rice, "arrangements should never undermine genuine competition".He said that PNG had learned from past monopoly deals involving cement, fuel, canned tuna and sugar that "the proposed benefits from such arrangements failed to materialise, or the costs far outweighed the benefits".The PNG National Research Institute has said that the proposed creation of a semimonopoly would cause a price hike for rice products and put most existing market players out of business.Trukai, which is the foremost of such players, employs about 1000 people, and has invested about $87m in PNG. Gov't rice inventory dips below minimum required amid post-disaster relief By: Orti Despuez, InterAksyon.com December 9, 2013 5:31 PM MANILA - The government today reported that its rice inventory dropped below its minimum buffer stock requirement last month.The disclosure comes after the National Food Authority (NFA) began distributing for free rice in areas hardest hit by Typhoon 'Yolanda'.In a report, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) said the country's rice inventory at the start of November fell 12.4 percent to 2.44 million metric tons from last year's 2.78 million, but was 38 percent more than last October's 1.77 million. At last month's level, the country's inventory is enough to last two months.Nearly 60 percent of the country's rice inventory was stored in Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  7. 7. households, enough to last for the next 43 days. Another fourth of the country's stock -- which could last 19 days -- was held by commercial warehouse operators. The NFA's share of the country's inventory stood at 14.5 percent and could meet requirements for the next 10 days -- or well below the 15-day requirement --- after dropping nine percent from the October level.Since news of Yolanda's devastation came to light, the NFA has begun distributing rice as relief, giving up its role as a price stabilizer in the market for the grain and causing spikes in some typhoon-hit areas. Agriculture Assistant Secretary Dante Delima blamed the drop in NFA's share of the country's rice inventory on "abnormal consumption" in typhoon-hit areas.―At any given day, the NFA should have a 15-day buffer. But the abnormal consumption, since the people and those who are conducting relief operations are buying from the government warehouses, have pulled down security buffer,‖ Delima, who is also coordinator of the National Rice Program, said.The NFA Council recently approved the importation of another 500,000 metric tons of rice. Vietnam has since won the tender, with the initial 200,000 up for delivery this month to replenish the grains agency's inventory. Nagpur Foodgrain Prices Open-Dec 10 Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:13pm IST Nagpur, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Gram prices in Nagpur Agriculture Produce and Marketing Committee (APMC) reported strong on increased demand from local millers amid weak supply from producing regions. Sharp rise in Madhya Pradesh gram prices and reported demand from South-based millers also fuelled prices here, according to sources. * * * * FOODGRAINS & PULSES GRAM * Desi gram raw recovered in open market on renewed demand from local traders amid tight supply from producing belts. TUAR * Tuar varieties ruled steady in open market on lack of demand matching the demand and supply position. Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  8. 8. * Moong and udid varieties reported down in open market on poor buying support from local traders amid profit-taking selling by stockists at higher level. * In Akola, Tuar - 4,300-4,450, Tuar dal - 6,700-6,700, Udid at 4,800-5,100, Udid Mogar (clean) - 5,700-6,000, Moong - 6,800-7,200, Moong Mogar (clean) 7,700-7,900, Gram - 3,300-3,500, Gram Super best bold - 4,400-4,600 for 100 kg. * Wheat, rice and other commodities remained steady in open market in thin trading activity, according to sources. Nagpur foodgrains APMC auction/open-market prices in rupees for 100 kg FOODGRAINS Available prices Previous close Gram Auction 2,520-3,050 2,500-2,900 Gram Pink Auction n.a. 2,100-2,600 Tuar Auction n.a. 3,800-4,050 Moong Auction n.a. 4,300-4,500 Udid Auction n.a. 4,300-4,500 Masoor Auction n.a. 2,600-2,800 Gram Super Best Bold 4,200-4,400 4,200-4,400 Gram Super Best n.a. Gram Medium Best 3,550-3,900 3,550-3,900 Gram Dal Medium n.a. n.a. Gram Mill Quality 3,500-3,550 3,500-3,550 Desi gram Raw 3,050-3,150 3,000-3,100 Gram Filter Yellow n.a. n.a. Gram Kabuli 7,700-10,000 7,700-10,000 Gram Pink 7,700-8,100 7,700-8,100 Tuar Fataka Best 6,800-7,000 6,800-7,000 Tuar Fataka Medium 6,400-6,600 6,400-6,600 Tuar Dal Best Phod 6,200-6,300 6,200-6,300 Tuar Dal Medium phod 5,600-5,900 5,600-5,900 Tuar Gavarani 4,200-4,300 4,200-4,300 Tuar Karnataka 4,500-4,600 4,500-4,600 Tuar Black 7,000-7,100 7,000-7,100 Masoor dal best 5,400-5,500 5,200-5,300 Masoor dal medium 5,100-5,200 4,800-4,900 Masoor n.a. n.a. Moong Mogar bold 8,200-8,600 8,500-8,700 Moong Mogar Medium best 7,800-8,000 8,000-8,200 Moong dal super best 7,200-7,400 7,300-7,500 Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  9. 9. Moong dal Chilka 6,700-6,900 6,800-7,000 Moong Mill quality n.a. n.a. Moong Chamki best 7,000-7,400 7,200-7,400 Udid Mogar Super best (100 INR/KG) 6,500-6,800 6,700-6,900 Udid Mogar Medium (100 INR/KG) 5,800-6,000 5,900-6,300 Udid Dal Black (100 INR/KG) 5,000-5,600 5,300-5,800 Batri dal (100 INR/KG) 4,000-4,200 4,000-4,200 Lakhodi dal (100 INR/kg) 3,000-3,100 3,000-3,100 Watana Dal (100 INR/KG) 3,250-3,350 3,250-3,350 Watana White (100 INR/KG) 3,100-3,200 3,100-3,200 Watana Green Best (100 INR/KG) 5,700-6,300 5,700-6,300 Wheat 308 (100 INR/KG) 1,700-1,800 1,700-1,800 Wheat Mill quality(100 INR/KG) 1,700-1,750 1,700-1,750 Wheat Filter (100 INR/KG) 1,700-1,900 1,700-1,900 Wheat Lokwan best (100 INR/KG) 2,000-2,450 2,000-2,450 Wheat Lokwan medium (100 INR/KG) 1,950-2,050 1,950-2,050 Lokwan Hath Binar (100 INR/KG) n.a. n.a. MP Sharbati Best (100 INR/KG) 3,100-3,600 3,100-3,600 MP Sharbati Medium (100 INR/KG) 2,600-2,900 2,600-2,900 Wheat 147 (100 INR/KG) 1,500-1,600 1,500-1,600 Wheat Best (100 INR/KG) 1,600-1,700 1,600-1,700 Rice BPT (100 INR/KG) 3,200-3,400 3,200-3,400 Rice Parmal (100 INR/KG) 1,850-1,900 1,850-1,900 Rice Swarna Best (100 INR/KG) 2,400-2,600 2,400-2,600 Rice Swarna Medium (100 INR/KG) 2,200-2,400 2,200-2,400 Rice HMT (100 INR/KG) 4,300-4,500 4,300-4,500 Rice HMT Shriram (100 INR/KG) 4,800-5,200 4,800-5,200 Rice Basmati best (100 INR/KG) 11,000-13,500 11,000-13,500 Rice Basmati Medium (100 INR/KG) 6,300-7,600 6,300-7,600 Rice Chinnor (100 INR/KG) 5,500-5,800 5,500-5,800 Rice Chinnor Medium (100 INR/KG) 5,100-5,300 5,100-5,300 Jowar Gavarani (100 INR/KG) 1,450-1,600 1,450-1,600 Jowar CH-5 (100 INR/KG) 1,750-1,850 1,750-1,850 WEATHER (NAGPUR) Maximum temp. 30.2 degree Celsius (86.3 degree Fahrenheit), minimum temp. 10.5 degree Celsius (50.9 degree Fahrenheit) Humidity: Highest - n.a., lowest - n.a. Rainfall : nil FORECAST: Mainly clear sky. Maximum and Minimum temperature likely to be around 31 and 11 degree Celsius respectively. Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  10. 10. Note: n.a.--not available (For oils, transport costs are excluded from plant delivery prices, but included in market prices.) Bengal’s aromatic Gobindo Bhog rice attracts more farmers KOLKATA, DEC 9: The premium aromatic variety Gobindo Bhog rice is attracting more farmers in West Bengal. More farmers are taking up its cultivation since its gives higher productivity and remuneration.Some 600 farmers have sown the rice for the first time this crop season (August-November). This has increased the number of farmers opting for the aromatic rice to over 1,800.The Bidhan Chandra Kishi Viswavidyalaya (BCKV), through a programme, launched since 2009, has extended cultivation of the rice to new areas and promoted it among a larger number of farmers.―Until the last (2012) crop year, 1,261 farmers were included for adoption of cultivation of the variety on a total area of around 450 acres (1,326 bighas) across six districts of South Bengal,‖ Prasanta Kumar Biswas, one of the professors, who are involved in the initiative, told Business Line. Growing area According to a study by the BCKV, 80 per cent of the rice produced is consumed locally, while 20 per cent is exported. In fact, more can be exported if production increases in view of farmers being unable to meet rising demand.―Hyderabad is one of the primary markets for Gobinda Bhog outside West Bengal. The finest quality is in demand in Andhra Pradesh for biriyani. Hindu festivities in the eastern and northen India also see rise in demand for the variety,‖ Biswas said.The area under cultivation for this variety is expected to go up further by over 50 per cent this crop year compared with last year, Biswas said.The agricultural university also plans to reach out to farmers in the backward regions of Purulia and West Midnapore districts. ―Apart from providing free seeds to the farmers, we also assist them in processing and sale of the premium rice variety,‖ Biswas said.Having started the programme with less than 100 farmers in Nadia district in 2009, BCKV has brought in 1,800 farmers across 18 blocks of the South Bengal districts of Murshidabad, Burdwan, Hooghly, Nadia, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas.The area under cultivation has increased 10-fold in 2012 from a mere 45 acres four years ago.―A lone farmer in Sagar block of South 24 Parganas, who started growing Gobindo Bhog on three acres in 2012, influenced others this season.According to Biswas, production at Sagar is expected to increase substantially this year with more area being added. Better price Gopinath Mukherjee, a farmer in Murshidabad, is one who has gained from growing the aromatic variety in terms of price and yield.―There has been a 30 per cent increase in the market price of Gobindo Bhog since 2009,‖ he said.Paddy productivity of this premium variety has gone up by more than 40 per cent to about 1.3 tonnes an acre, he said. Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  11. 11. Currently, this variety fetches a price of Rs 2,800-3,000 for a 60-kg bag. ayan.pramanik@thehindu.co.in (This article was published on December 9, 2013) Keywords: aromatic Gobindo Bhog rice, Bidhan Chandra Kishi Viswavidyalaya Rice plantings could be on the rise in 2014 Dec. 10, 2013Forrest Laws | Delta Farm Press BLAKE GERARD, left, rice producer from Cape Girardeau, Mo., and vice chairman of the U.S. Rice Producers Group, producer Chuck Earnest of Steele, Mo., and Bill Anderson, “Cousin Carl” on Radio Station 106.1 in Cape Girardeau, welcomed producers to the USA Rice Outlook Conference in St. Louis. Arkansas growers could plant nearly 1.5 million acres of rice in 2014 if more normal weather conditions return and corn and soybean prices and production costs continue to soften over the next three or four months.If that forecast pans out, U.S. rice acreage could rise by about 400,000 acres to 2.8 million in the coming year because of the dominant position Arkansas occupies in the Southern Rice Belt and in total U.S. rice plantings, according to speakers at the USA Rice Outlook Conference in St. Louis. ―Corn prices are currently basing, and the basing process is likely to continue beyond most planting decisions,‖ said Robert Coats, Extension economist and professor — economics with the University of Arkansas. Coats, who gave the state outlook report for Arkansas, was referring to a chart showing monthly corn futures prices dating back to 1970.Coats said old crop corn prices are likely to remain volatile with the potential of moving back to $6 per bushel. ―It’s more likely that prices will go lower before moving higher and that the new crop year marketing range will be between $3.50 and $6.00 per bushel.‖ Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  12. 12. Soybean prices are also likely to move lower before moving higher in the coming months, with new crop soybeans possibly trading in a range between $10 and $16 per hundredweight.Higher corn and soybean prices over the last five seasons have led to dramatic shifts in Mid-South crop acreage out of cotton and rice to corn and, to a lesser extent, soybeans. At this time last year, corn was selling for more than $7 per bushel due to the 1012 drought in the Midwest.Arkansas growers finished with a harvested rice acreage of 1.07 million in 2013. Not all of that was due to high corn prices. An unusually wet spring resulted in more than 300,000 acres either failed or prevented from being planted. Under more normal conditions, Arkansas could have planted 1.358 million acres of rice, Coats said.Given the demand outlook for higher quality rice, lower corn futures and lower fertilizer and fuel costs, Arkansas growers could plant 1.319 million acres of long grain rice and 133,000 acres of medium grain in 2014. That would be up 412,000 acres or 36 percent above 2013.―The U.S. rice industry cannot be competitive in the global low quality rice market,‖ says Coats, ―but can compete in the high quality market through rice identity preservation. Producing rice with world class physical and chemical grain properties and priced accordingly — this is needed to turn the U.S. rice industry to a growth industry.‖Despite the unusual weather conditions that delayed and prevented planting, Arkansas farmers produced record rice yields in 2013 with an estimated state average of 7,550 pounds per acre. That would be 80 pounds per acre or about 1 percent more than in 2012 and 780 pounds or 10 percent more than in 2011. Louisiana Louisiana growers also produced record yields in 2013, harvesting an estimated statewide yield average of 7,200 pounds per acre. That would be up from the previous high of 6,600 pounds.―We think we have set a real, significant record in Louisiana this year,‖ said Johnny Saichuk, Extension rice specialist with the LSU AgCenter. ―From the conversations we’ve had with our farmers we think we may be around 7,200, second crop included, well above anything before.‖Louisiana’s second crop acreage also expanded,‖ he said. ―We had over 130,000 acres of second crop rice, which is one of our highest totals in a number of years. Someone asked me if we were through harvesting for the year, and I don’t know. I do know we cut our last verification field on Nov. 30, the latest we’ve ever done. ‖Saichuk said he believes Louisiana’s rice acreage will be about the same in 2014 as it was in 2013 with the possible exception of an increase in hybrid rice, which appears to be gaining ground in Louisiana because of its Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  13. 13. higher yield potential.Another development he reported at the Rice Outlook Conference was the growth in special purpose rice in 2013. Louisiana growers harvested 30,000 acres, most of it the Jazzman 2 line of aromatic rice. Growers also planted the Jazzman, Sabine and Hidalgo varieties. Mississippi Mississippi’s rice acreage could recover to about 200,000 in 2014 because of a projected decline in fertilizer and fuel prices and rice prices becoming more competitive with those offered for corn and soybeans.―We’re seeing a much more favorable price outlook for rice compared to corn and soybeans than what we’ve seen in the last several years,‖ said Larry Falconer, Extension agricultural economist with Mississippi State University, ―Of course, prices are only part of the equation. When you look at cost of production estimates, our fertilizer estimates are down about $30 an acre and $7 or $8 for diesel fuel for pumping costs. With rice yields 6 percent to 7 percent higher this year, it looks like rice could be much more competitive than with the cost projections we were using last year.―Based on decreases in fertilizer and fuel costs and the futures prices we have now and talking to Dr. (Tim) Walker, Extension rice specialist with Mississippi State, and to producers, we think it’s possible rice acres could recover back to the 200,000 mark that we saw prior to the last two or three years (from 2013’s 130,000 acres).‖ Missouri Missouri’s rice acres are ―expected to be level to slightly higher‖ in 2014, according to Trent Haggard, director of the University of Missouri’s Fisher Delta Research Center in Portageville, Mo.Missouri farmers also struggled with weather delays during planting and harvesting, finally finishing with an estimated 150,000 harvested acres of rice for 2013. ―On Oct. 5, we were only 50 percent harvested,‖ said Haggard. ―That is unusually late for our growers.‖Over the years, the trend-line for yield increases in the Missouri Bootheel has been 62 pounds per acre. Farmers will probably average 6,950 pounds per acre in 2013 or only a little above 2012. ―We probably will fall short of that 62-pound per acre trend line in 2013 because of all the weather problems we encountered in 2013.‖ Texas Growers in Texas did not experience the planting delays those in the Mid-South did, but they were impacted by weather. And the situation shows little sign of improving.A few days before the Rice Outlook Conference, the Lower Colorado River Authority, the agency which oversees the delivery of water from reservoirs around Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874
  14. 14. Austin, Texas, to the Texas Rice Belt announced new regulations.Texas producers planted about 130,000 acres of rice in 2012 and 2013, down 170,000 acres from their peak, because of the reduced water allocations for rice. The new regulation, which lowers the trigger for release of water to the rice area to 850,000 acre feet, could mean even less water.―The outlook for rice in Texas is rather dim for 2014,‖ said Mo Way, Extension entomologist with the Texas A&M University Rice Research Station in Beaumont, Texas. California Water availability could also be an issue in California, according to Chris Greer, Extension advisor with the University of California. 2013’s harvested acreage was almost the same as 2012, 556,000 acres. 2014 could be from 450,000 to 550,000 depending on water availability.―It’s obvious water is important to all of us, whether in California or Texas or Mississippi,‖ he said. ―Basically, the state of California is not in a great shape for water. Looking to 2014, we’re going to have to cross our fingers and hope we get something.―I realize 450,000 to 550,000 acres is a broad range, but we don’t know how much snow we may get so we don’t know what we’re going to be looking at as far as water allocations. We could have water sales. If rice prices are low, farmers may decide it’s more attractive to sell their water than to plant rice.‖ For Advertising SPECS & RATES Contact: Advertising Department Mujahid Ali mujahid.riceplus@gmail.com +92 321 369 2874 Daily Rice E-Newsletter by Rice Plus Magazine www.ricepluss.com News and R&D Section mujajhid.riceplus@gmail.com Cell # 92 321 369 2874