Rice acres increase slightly

USDA pegged U.S. rice plantings at 3.018 million acres for 2009, a slight increase over the 2.995 million acres planted in 2008. Rice acreage increased for Arkansas, California and Mississippi and decreased for Louisiana, Missouri and Texas.

Medium grain rice plantings increased from 579,000 acres to 731,000 acres, according to USDA’s June 30 Planted Acreage report.

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