I was able to finish my rice harvest over the weekend. It was a great fall with close to ideal conditions. The first thing that I think of as another harvest is done is a sense of relief.
To me the rice harvest is the fun part of the year. You’re getting your crop in and enjoying the fruits of your labor for the year.
There is still work to be done in the valley, as many of my comrades are continuing to harvest. Fortunately it looks like for on most farms it’s just a matter of waiting for fields to dry out a bit. The ground didn’t get muddy enough where special tracks will be needed for the harvest equipment, which is helpful because that takes a lot more time and labor.
Hopefully with a period of dry weather the balance of the rice crop will be harvested soon and without any more interruptions.
Punch Haskell grows rice in Colusa County and is part of a family farming operation that began approximately 60 years ago.