National Rice Month

Tanja Folnovic

Agronomy Expert

As a cereal grain, rice is the most widely consumed staple food for a large part of the world's human population, more than 3.5 billion people, especially in Asia. It is the agricultural commodity with the third-highest worldwide production, after sugarcane and maize. Since a large portion of maize crops are grown for purposes other than human consumption, rice is the most important grain with regard to human nutrition and caloric intake, providing more than one fifth of the calories consumed worldwide by humans.


Because of global importance and nutritional value of rice, in order to increase the awareness of its farming, rice has its own month. National rice month is September, when is celebrated the harvest of this small, but mighty grain. This year is celebrated 25 years of National rice month. How to properly farm rice and how to achieve better and higher yields farmers all over the world can manage with Agrivi farm software. In the system farmers can plan all their production in advance, track all resources like fertilizers, pesticides, fuel, mechanization, people and protect their crops on time, because pests can significantly reduce a yield or even destroy it. To prevent damage, Agrivi alerts farmers about pest and disease occurrence, according to weather conditions on each field, so they can prepare for appropriate treatment. For rice you’ll find a plenty of pests with a brief description and active substances to treat them, whether you have conventional, organic or integrated farming. Agrivi offers a variety tools to help farmers managing their production. Beside record keeping and pest alarms, it has reports for each part of the production and also powerful analytics. Did you know that:

  • rice cultivation on wetland rice fields is thought to be responsible for 11% of the anthropogenic methane emissions
  • rice requires slightly more water to produce than other grains
  • rice production uses almost a third of Earth’s fresh water

Other interested facts about rice you can find in the infographic below.