USDA report: 2017 rice acres expected to be 17% lower

USDA logoThe U.S. Department of Agriculture released its Prospective Plantings Report March 31, and it showed  rice growers planned to plant about 17 percent fewer acres this season than in 2016.

“The expectation of higher prices for competing commodities is contributing to the expected decrease in rice acres compared with last year,” the USDA wrote in the report. “The expected decline in acres planted to long-grain rice in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas accounts for the decrease in both long-grain and all rice planted acres. Arkansas, the largest long-grain producing State, is expected to decrease long-grain acres by 26 percent.”

While long-grain acres will be down an average of 22 percent throughout the six rice states, medium-grain acreage is expected to remain the same. States seeing modest gains in medium-gain acreage are Arkansas and Louisiana.

The report is compiled by surveying growers and asking them how many acres they planned to plant this year.

U.S. Rice Acres

2015 2016 2017 (est)
Arkansas 1,311,000 1,546,000 1,196,000
California 423,000 541,000 539,000
Louisiana 420,000 437,000 400,000
Mississippi 150,000 195,000 120,000
Missouri 182,000 236,000 206,000
Texas 133,000 195,000 165,000
Total 2,614,000 3,150,000 2,626,000

2015 and 2016 are harvested acres, which are typically less than planted acres.
2017 is estimated planted acres.

View the entire report at www.usda.gov.