The amount of rough rice stored on and off the farm increased by 16 percent in December 2018 compared to the same month in 2017, according to the recently released U.S. Department of Agriculture rice stocks report.
At the same time, the amount of milled rice in storage decreased 41 percent as of December 2018 compared to December 2017.
The total amount of rough rice stored on farms was about 40 million hundredweights, with off-farm stocks totaling 98.6 million cwt. Long-grain varieties accounted for 69 percent of total rough rice; medium grain, 29 percent; and short grain, 2 percent.
The total amount of milled rice was 3.96 million cwt. Of that, 3.1 million cwt were whole kernels and 858,000 cwt were second heads, screenings and brewers rice.
View the complete report on the NASS website.