Californian Rice is sticky rice used in Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, for example, in the sushi roll. But few people know that 97 percent of Californian Rice is grown in Sacramento Valley. The region has a relatively abundant supply of water, Mediterranean climate and heavy clay soils which make it a tremendous place to grow rice. The Sacramento Valley is to quality rice production what the Napa Valley is for wine grapes.
The Californian Rice is seeded in May and harvested in September and October. By seeding and spraying pesticide by plane, American modernization helps a lot to save the manpower and speed up production. It is said that a machine can harvest about 400,000 ton of rice each year here. Only 3-8 workers can finish the harvest work on the 800-hectare rice fields.
The fields are more than just a place to produce rice. Nearly 230 wildlife species nest on the area's rice fields. So it is the natural wetland for various species of waterfowls and shorebirds. Additionally, Sacramento Valley rice field produce about 60 percent of the food for ducks and geese in the valley during the winter.
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