California has an incredible cross section of soil types, topography and climates that allow production of diverse crops including herbs, lettuces, tomatoes, citrus, grapes, tree fruit and nuts, forage crops, grains, rices etc.
California produces the finest Japonica rice in the world and is the world’s leading producer of wild rice. SunWest has concentrated on the processing and marketing of conventional and organically grown California rice and wild rice.
The rice industry annually produces 2.5 million tons of rice making it the second largest rice growing state in the nation behind Arkansas. California’s ideal climate, ample water supply and innovative farming techniques result in some of the highest rice yields in the world along with incredibly high quality.
Wild Rice was introduced into California in the late 1970’s and today nearly 50% of the world’s supply originates in California.