A demonstration study was recently conducted in
Surveys of the dairies found that rice straw was equal to or preferred to wheat straw. “Double-chop rice straw may alleviate the tight forage conditions that
If you are interested in feeding rice straw, a Web site has been designed by the California Rice Commission to market rice straw at www.ricestrawmarket.org.
Robinson notes that rice straw producers no longer bale straw in anticipation of sales. Most will take orders from July to September and bale during harvest (August through October). Many will require a deposit to secure the production of rice straw. Delivery to the dairy should occur in the fall, as many rice producers store the straw out on the rice levees ― and rain can make shipment difficult.
The 2007 delivered costs of rice straw into