Headlining the global food crisis, rice found itself another record high yesterday.
Futures in Chicago ticked up another 2.3%, to $22.67, per 100 pounds when the Philippines -- the world’s biggest rice importer -- put in a buy order for 1 million metric tons. That’s more than 50% of all the Philippine rice imports in 2007… clearly, the government is concerned about food supplies.
According to the USDA yesterday, only 2% of the Arkansas rice crop is in the ground. Arkansas, the biggest rice state in the U.S., had planted 31% of its crop this time last year. As Kevin reported yesterday about corn crops this year… too wet, too cold to plant.