Wild rice is an annual, cross-pollinated plant that grows in flooded soils. Plants normally reach five to six feet in height and produce multiple tillers, or stems. The stems are hollow, except at the nodes where the leaves, roots, and flowers appear. The plant has a shallow root system with a lateral spread of 8 to 12 inches.
The harvest in central Minnesota for 2011 is finished. This year's harvest was described in interviews as fair to poor due to higher water levels in particular during the spring, when the wild rice germinates. The harvested rice converted better than last year, and yields of 48% were reported. Please email us for more information.