California rice acreage virtually unchanged

California rice growers seeded 522,000 acrs this seeason, down 1 percent from last year, according to USDA/NASS.

Planted acreage of medium grain rice is down 1 percent from last year at 455,000 acres, while acreage planted to short grain rice is unchanged from 2006 at 60,000.The acreage planted to long grain rice totaled 7,000 acres, a 17 percent increase from 2006.

U.S. growers are expecting to harvest 2.73 million acres of rice in 2007, 3 percent below last year. Long grain rice will be harvested from 2.08 million acres, medium grain rice from 583,000 acres, and short grain from 61,000 acres.