Summer deluge ravaged hand-harvested wild rice

  • Article by: BILL McAULIFFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 7, 2012 - 9:04 PM

Machine harvesters, however, will ensure there's no shortage.

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crestliner62Sep. 8, 12 7:13 AM

They discuss that the cultivators are depressing the price and no one "Hand Harvests" anymore. The REAL problem with Hand Harvesting is lack of Processors once the rice is gathered. There is only a couple processors in the state and they only do very large bulk orders..consequently if an individual just wants to get a license and gather for their family or friends their pretty much out of luck. I know this because I was really pumped up to try it and found out it was pretty much a non starter. too bad.

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mmediaSep. 8, 12 7:48 AM

We need Ron Popeil to invent a counter top wild rice processor, because it is unbelievable hard work. We are currently half way through about 30-40 pounds we harvested last week on a secret pond out here in the west. The drought was good for the rice because the pond looks like a hay field, but a lotta rice does not equal easier to get.

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