Immature wild rice kernels are lighter in weight, have a higher moisture content, and yield less finished product than mature grain. A low yield of the finished product is undesirable because it reduces processing capacity and raises the costs of processing.
Therefore, processors separate and discard light-weight kernels, reducing the volume that has to be processed by 20-30 percent.
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.