Rice farmers all over the state wait patiently to drain their fields and start harvest. I took this picture from my garden yesterday of the neighbor’s field. Rice farming is a huge industry in California. Farmers harvest more than 2 million tons of rice making it the second largest rice growing state in the nation behind Arkansas. California’s ideal climate and water supply make it perfect for growing high quality rice crops. An average of 60% of the rice produced annually goes on tables across America and the rest is exported. Rice is a staple for many other industries as it is used in restaurants, made into beer and pet food.