Volume 18, Issue 20
May 21, 2021
In This Issue:
  • Farmers Dealing with Heavy Rains, Cooler Temperatures
  • Washington, DC Update
  • See Who's Already Registered for RMTC
  • Updated Calendar of Events
Farmers Dealing with Heavy Rains, Cooler Temperatures
Poor weather conditions in the lower delta wreaked havoc on planting this week, dragging out the end of planting in Texas and Louisiana. In fact, so much rain has fallen that there were reports of growers sending seed back and simply collecting prevented planting insurance for the balance of their acres. Arkansas was reported 87% completed in the latest crop progress report, however, growers in the area believe the crop to be closer to 95% planted. Acre projections are still rather unstable, but the latest consensus for Arkansas is that acres will be right around 1 million, inclusive of medium grain. The story is similar throughout the US, where rice acres are coming under pressure from either competing crops or adverse weather conditions. It is becoming increasingly apparent that rice acres will end lower than what the trade and the USDA originally estimated.

In general, the southern rice-growing states are in their final stages of planting, as is California. At this point, the crops all look good with only minor concerns of cooler temps and overcast conditions in the Southern Delta and up into Arkansas. As a result, rice emerged is down almost across this board from the historical averages. California, the only real exception, is ahead of schedule due to growers being able to plant quickly and without impediments. 

Total long-grain export demand was down over 13% year over year last week, but due to a decent bump in sales, demand was reported to be only down 9.6% year over year. Meanwhile, total demand for US medium and short-grain rice was down just 4% against last year.

Key global exporters saw prices fall this week as Thai 100% B dipped $15 per ton, while other Asia exporters softened to a smaller degree. Aromatic or specialty varieties took the biggest hit this week, such as Hom Mali which slipped $30 per ton. In South America, export prices were able to stand their ground and were unchanged from last week.

Futures sentiment shifted downward this week as both open interest and prices ebbed lower. The crop will be more thinly traded this year on lower output and as some traditional markets look to alternative markets with greater supplies. Nearby contracts are reflective of slowing demand and the further out contracts suggest less decisive demand for new crop.
Jewel Bronaugh's Nomination as Deputy Secretary of Ag is Cleared for Senate Floor Consideration
On Wednesday, May 19th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of Meryl Harrell as Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) and the appointment of Terry Cosby as Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). They will begin their positions on Monday, May 24.

Meryl Harrell most recently served as the Executive Director of the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards. She has also served as a consultant, advising non-profits, foundations, and government agencies working to conserve America's public and private working lands. During the Obama-Biden Administration, Harrell spent eight years in the Office of Natural Resources and Environment at USDA, including serving as Chief of Staff and then Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary. Harrell previously worked on public land issues at The Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C. Harrell is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where she studied environmental law. Harrell is originally from New Jersey and more recently based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Terry Cosby began his career with USDA in 1979 as a student trainee in Iowa. Cosby was raised on a cotton farm in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. The farm, now in his family for three generations, was purchased by his great-grandfather in the late 1800s. Cosby has served over 42 years with the agency in numerous capacities, most recently, Acting Chief of NRCS and State Conservationist for Ohio. Prior to serving as Ohio State Conservationist, he served in leadership positions in Iowa as an Area Resource Conservationist, in Missouri as an Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations, and Idaho as a Deputy State Conservationist. Cosby holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education from Alcorn State University, the first Black land grant college established in the United States.
Known as the most widely attended conference in the Western Hemisphere, the Rice Market & Technology Convention taking place July 6-8, 2021, at the Woodlands Resort, just north of Houston, Texas is gaining attention from companies around the world!

Join The Companies Already Registered:
1944, Suriname
ADM Rice, Inc., USA
AGI, Canada
AGI - Ag Growth International, Canada
Agricola Valle de Quebro, Panama
Agrocomercial Los Samanes Srl, Dominican Rep.
Agroindustrial Tio, Dominican Republic
Agroindustrias Mayton, S.A., Guatemala
Agroindustrias Santa Maria, Mexico
Agropecuaria Santa Lastenia, S. A., Nicaragua
Alantrade/Riceland, Colombia
ANINSA, Costa Rica
Arrocera Palacios, Nicaragua
Arrozeira Pelotas Ind. E Com. De Cereais, Brazil
Asociación Cultivadores de Arroz, Uruguay
Black River Commodities LLC, USA
Brookshire Rice Sales & Marketing, USA
Buhler Inc., Mexico
Bühler Uk Ltd., United Kingdom
Buhler, Inc., USA
Buhler-Eurolub, Costa Rica
Buhler-Group Germany, Germany
Buhler-Labtronic, Guatemala
BUNGE, Guatemala
Caribbean Commodities Corporation, USA
Chief Agri, USA
Comercializadora Isabel S.A. de C.V., Mexico
COOPAVA, Dominican Republic
Corporación Arrocera Nacional, Costa Rica
Cotecna Inspection, USA
Damboriarena Escosteguy SRL, Uruguay
Delta Technology Corp., USA
Derrick Corporation, USA
Eladia S.A., Paraguay
Farmers Rice Milling Association, USA
Farmers Rice Milling Co., USA
FERTITERRA, Dominican Republic
Firstgrain, Inc, USA
Gaviagro, Colombia
Gilscot Guidroz Intl Inc, USA
Glencore Agriculture, Uruguay
Granja Sementes Terra Dura, Brazil
Hansen-Mueller Co., USA
Hermanos Palacios, S.A., Panama
Horizon Ag LLC, USA
INAGRINCA, CA, Venezuela
INDARROZ, Costa Rica
Indigo Ag, Inc., USA
Integradora De Arroceros dl Costa d. N, Mexico
Interglo, Costa Rica
Interra International, LLC, USA
Kellogg Company, USA
La Casa de los Alimentos, Nicaragua
Louisiana Independent Rice Producers Assn., USA
Mexicana de Arroz SA de CV, Mexico
NOVARROZ-Produtos Alimentares SA, Portugal
Nutrien Ag Solutions, USA
Omnia Trading, Brazil
Paoloni y Cia S.R.L., Argentina
Pari Foods Inc, USA
pgd engenharia rural, Brazil
Poinsett Rice & Grain, USA
Premier Grain Cleaner Co., USA
Primoris Belgium, Belgium
Rice Exchange, USA
RiceTec, USA
Riviana Foods Inc., USA
Russell Marine Group, USA
SAMAN, Uruguay
Satake USA Inc., USA
Southern Belle Acadia Rice Mill, USA
Southern Brown Rice, USA
Swiss Agri Trading SA, Mexico
Texas A&M University, USA
Texas Rice Council, USA
The Russell Marine Group, USA
The Wright Group, USA
TRC Delta, USA
TRC Group, USA
TRC Trading Corporation, USA
TSGC - Tri-States Grain Conditioning, Inc., USA
Register today and save up to $200 on your registration and reserve your room at the Woodlands Resort by June 7th!
Rice Outlook
Nathan W. Childs, coordinator
U.S. 2021/22 Rice Production Projected at 203.6 Million Hundredweight
In May 2021, Burma’s rice exports are forecast to decline with the expectation of the continued closure of Burma-China border checkpoints to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, the official rice exports are expected to increase due to the appreciation of foreign currencies against the Myanmar Kyat. Domestic prices for Emata 25 percent broken rice and superior quality Shwe Bo Pawsan rice are forecast to increase in May due to increased local demand.
Export prices for white and parboiled rice are still trending upward, increasing 2-3 percent from the previous week, with new inquiries from African markets and increased demand for glutinous rice from Asian markets.
Eagle Lake Field Day
Weather Threatening
to Cut Back Acres Planted
In Some Areas
Trade Update

Food & Ag Regulatory
and Policy Roundup 
Upcoming Events
June 8, 2021
LSU AgCenter Southwest Rice Field Day
June 16, 2021
LSU AgCenter Acadia Parish and South Farm Rice Field Day
June 29, 2021
Horizon Ag Field Tour
June 29, 2021
University of Arkansas Rice Agricultural Sustainability Virtual Field Trip
June 29, 2021
Texas A&M AgriLife Field Day, Eagle Lake
June 30, 2021
LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station Field Day
July 6-8, 2021
Rice Market & Technology Convention
July 15, 2021
LSU AgCenter Row Rice Field Day
Aug. 6, 2021
University of Arkansas Rice Field Day (tentative)
Aug. 19, 2021
University of Arkansas Rohwer Field Day
Aug. 25, 2021
California Rice Experiment Station Field Day (tentative)
Oct. 7, 2021
University of Arkansas Virtual Rice and Soybean Field Day

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