Wild rice seed is similar to the grain of cereals, such as wheat and oats. Immature seeds are green, but turn a purpleblack color as they reach maturity. Seeds on any given stem mature at different times, and on the secondary stems, they mature later than on the main stems. Early-maturing seeds are very prone to shattering (dropping from the seed head) before the later-maturing seeds ripen.
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.