Handling of the fresh green rice is the next step after picking. Once harvested, green wild rice is placed in long rows, ten inches deep, to allow the chlorophyll to dissipate from the plant. The rows are continuously turned to avoid heat damage. The wild rice is then transported to a processing facility.
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.