Wild rice crops take a hit in northwest MinnesotaDULUTH, Minn. — Rain and high water in some parts of Minnesota have dashed the dreams of a big wild rice harvest.
DULUTH, Minn. — Rain and high water in some parts of Minnesota have dashed the dreams of a big wild rice harvest.
WDIO-TV reports that Kettle Lake in Carlton County is reporting an average crop, but about 100 miles west the rice crop has been cut in half.
Rain flooded northwestern Minnesota earlier this summer and drowned budding rice plants.
Officials say Minnesota is the No. 2 producer of wild rice in the United States. Officials say smaller crops on area lakes won’t cause local shortages.
That’s because most gas stations and grocery stores that sell wild rice get it from industrial rice paddies grown in central Minnesota.