Planted rice acres for 2019 are only expected to decline about 3 percent from 2018, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Services’ Prospective Plantings Report released March 29. Altogether, growers say, they plan to plant 2.87 million acres this year compared to 2.946 million acres in 2018.
Growers in the top three rice-producing states — Arkansas, California and Louisiana — say they expect to plant fewer acres. In Arkansas, planted acreage for 2019 is expected to be 1.401 million, down 3 percent from 1.441 million in 2018. In California, this year’s planted acreage is expected to be 485,000, down 4 percent from 506,000 in 2018. And in Louisiana, 2019 acreage is expected to be 400,000 compared to 440,000 in 2018.
Growers in the three other states say they plan to plant more rice. In Mississippi, acreage is expected to jump to 150,000 from 140,000 acres in 2018. In Missouri, growers say they plan to plant 229,000 acres compared to 224,000 acres. And in Texas, acreage is expected to increase to 205,000 from 195,000 acres in 2018.
The report is based primarily on surveys conducted by mail, Internet, phone or personal interviews during the first two weeks of March. Participants are selected from a sample of 82,400 farm operators.
Click here to read the full U.S. Department of Agriculture NASS Prospective Plantings report.