How Rice is Harvested in California!

How Rice is Harvested in California!

Well guys, I’ve been super excited about
this video. It’s harvest 2016. I’m looking forward to showing you how rice
is harvested in California. Right now I’m in one of our trailers. It’s empty rice now however with all three
of our harvesters out there cutting at full speed this trailer should get filled up in
no time. Like I said, they get filled up pretty quickly. Now I’m not going to do a harvest video
and not give you an introduction into one of the key components of the combine; and
that is the header. This is the header. This is the reel of the header. These fingers here are what comb the rice
into the header. The sickle blades here are razor-sharp–that
cuts the straw about eight inches off the ground. As it’s cut the rice lays down flat. The center draper shoots it straight into
the beater-drum. The Beater-drum beats down the straw and the
rice as it’s being prepared to be processed straight into the harvester. So that’ the header. You’re going to see a lot of that in action
so having said that, let’s get it in action. Driving the harvester there’s two things
you need to be aware of–that is your speed and engine load. First the engine load tells you how hard the
machine is working. If it’s at a 100% engine load that means
you’re taking in a little bit too much straw and rice and it’s having a hard time separating
the two. So optimal speed here for this harvester is
about 2.5 miles per hour with 75% engine load, giving you a bit of a buffer just in case
you have a huge slug of rice that comes in. Now, as you’re cutting along the grain tank
is filling with rice. The computer system will alert you when you’re
at 75% capacity and at a 100% capacity. Obviously at 100% capacity you have to unload
into the bank-out. The bank-outs are hustling, ensuring that the harvesters don’t stop cutting. They’re the ones that are driving in and
out of the fields–sometimes great distances depending on where the trailers are parked
and where the harvesters are cutting. The trucks, behind them, haul a set of doubles. Doubles can hold up to 80,000 pounds of rice. Once the trailers are full the trucks take
off to the rice dryer–in our case Red Top Rice Dryer. That guy there, that’s Mike. The best truck driver west of the Mississippi. He wastes no time once the trailers are full
and takes off to Red Top. Once at Red Top Mike pulls up to the probing
station. The probe transfers a sample of rice inside
where staff can then give it a moisture reading. Once the machine reads the sample of rice
Mike pulls up to the scales in which the entire set of doubles is weighed. Then Mike picks up the weight tag. At this point the moisture percentage has
been recorded as well as the total weight of the rice including the trailers and the
trucks. He then pulls up to one of the unloading stalls,
opens the bottom sliding door and unloads all the rice. Once he’s assured that all the rice has
been unloaded he pulls up to the final scale, aside the Red Top main office. The weight of the truck and empty trailers
is recorded and subtracted from the initial weight at the previous scale. Mike picks up the final tag which has recorded
all the important information. This is essentially a receipt for the rice
that we just dropped off. We have exchanged all this rice for this pink
receipt. With the receipt and the empty trailers, Mike
hustles back to the ranch because there could potentially be bank-outs waiting to unload,
full of rice. Though with the sun setting and the evening
moisture rising, we’ll stop cutting shortly. Today has been another productive day of rice
harvest. I’m I safe?


  1. Thank you so much for these videos! I grew up in East Biggs with all of the rice growing and harvesting going on around me, but never really thought about all the work and effort that went into the process. It's been a real eye-opener, and it is VERY appreciated!

  2. Really nice to see your passion about rice farming…..I m a rice grower from Greece…..sharing the same passion ….Thank you so much for these videos … its about the same here ..(.i mean rice cultuvation) looking forward to watcing your next videos.

  3. Y'all run little bitty headers out there. We run 35' and 40 wide on Deere S680's cutting rice in Mississippi. Them grain carts y'all got look funny too! Bank out wagon, never heard a grain cart called that lol!

    Everything is different in California I reckon. Interesting video

  4. hey! cool edits and awesome video skills! have you ever played farming simulator 2017? you might find it interesting, it's supposed to be pretty similar to the same thing.

  5. Vance Crowe turned me onto your channel. How much time to you spend on each of these videos? Do you have background in film? Also wondering what you use for a rotation crop for your rice farm. I'm also a 5th generation farmer, we now grow about 100 acres of veggie row crops in what has become an urban area in Utah. We also grow families and community. We love sharing the farm with the public around us. Farms are more than food!! thanks for your videos and your passion. check out @petersenfarmers on IG or petersen family farm on Facebook.

  6. Hey, nice videos. What is the difference between rice grown in water and rice grown on land? I know that rice grown in water is still planted in soil but it is flooded with water during its whole growth process. Such as they do in China. Thank you.

  7. hello i would love to farm rice and i just have the common basis of rice farming which turn to be with low yields.

  8. is basically like harvesting wheat moisture content determinating the price. So you have to watch the weather and pick out dry sunny periods to harvest. I thought rice was planted. What is done with the straw? Is that fodder or is it used as green fertilizer and ploughed under the dirt. Maybe you chop it first. Is rice also liable to fungus infection turning the halms all black and powdery. in the end rice is grass cultivated on water.

  9. You say you have to leave the field in the evening because of air moisture rising. Typically, how early in the day can you get started again?

  10. So what is the impact of no longer being able to burn the stubble? I am old, and can remember the fields burning, and air choked in late fall. I remember that not burning the fields was going to lead to the four plagues of Egypt, and seven horsemen of the apocalypse. What has the impact on production been?

  11. Good crop for Hawaii Big Island south region where they get lots of rain each year but calif
    doesn't have the water to spare and is going to be a LARGE problem for water. Vietam lots of water for rice which is why its grown there.

  12. Yes, thank you for these videos. It's pretty cool that you are not only recognizing our local family farms but how hard they work. I come from a 6 generation rice farming family stretching from just North of Sacramento to Chico. Thank you again

  13. Love watching the video.
    Do you guys ever be looking to hire drivers?
    If so I’d love to meet up and chat. Here’s my email..
    [email protected]
    I live in Chico but from Ireland.
    Take care and may god bless you with a great harvest!
    John byrne.

  14. I am eating rice 🍚 right now while watching the video. It’s amazing how we(as humans) have advanced compared to our ancestors. Industrial revolution is one of the best things achieved by humans.

  15. Wow super interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    I got more questions. Hope I’m not overloading 🙂

    1. How many sets of doubles are delivered each harvesting day to the drying facility?

    2. Is the drying facility a separate business that you use their services together with other rice farmers? If it’s not exclusive then how do they keep each farmer’s batches separated?

    3. How many people in average take part each day in the harvesting “festival”? Looks like a big operation…

    4. How many combines and tractors and trucks take part in such an operation each harvesting day?

    5. Do you own the tractors and combines or you rent them?

    6. Are the combines specific for rice or can they be used for other crops as well?

    7. Where do all the hay and the husks go after the harvest?

    Thank you

  16. Amazing! I don't see why Amrican rice can't compete in the Asian market with such geographic and technology advantages.

  17. The best truck driver east of the Mississippi you say, LOL truck driving is so easy oh, it's not really a specialty skill, anyone can learn how to do it

  18. I’m planning to do fish rice farming does This machine is ok for that kind of harvesting any tips u can share 🙂 thanks

  19. I have literally been there and done that. Well, lots of hardfacing much of an axial flow IH's guts and then driving the thing. Good times, subscribed.

  20. What are you calling the grain carts? I have rewound this video 100 times to figure out what you were calling these things. I’ve farmed for a long time and only heard them called grain carts. Mind you I live in Canada

  21. My son goes to school with a girl that I think neighbors with you!! The Shepards? They go to Oklahoma State University!! Interesting videos!

  22. I saw a video of Chinese making rice out of plastic, messed my whole crave for rice up . Glad to see you your video my man

  23. Wow amazing i did not even know one tenth of what you just showed us and told us. It was very informative thank you so much I enjoyed it.

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