Minnesota wild rice yields hurt by spring rainfall 13 Aug 14


REMER, Minn. (AP) – Experts say spring storms have negatively affected wild rice yields in Minnesota.

Rod Ustipak, a wild rice expert for the state Department of Natural Resources, tells Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/1AaJz5a ) that lakes in northern Minnesota will yield 75 percent less wild rice than they did last year. Heavy rainfall this spring drowned rice in places like Rainy Lake, Nature’s Lake and Winnibigoshish.

Ustipak says lakes in other parts of the state expect harvests that are 60 percent of what they were last year.

Ustipak says wild rice management isn’t an exact science because there aren’t any exact yield statistics, like there are for corn and wheat.

The department lists 700 lakes with substantial rice beds in Minnesota.

Information in the following story is from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org