Most processors scarify the grain after dehulling to remove a portion of the outer layer of the kernel. Scarification reduces cooking time, which is particularly desirable when wild rice is to be cooked with white rice.
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.