Data Analysis & Commentary

Rice Facts

Rice Facts

Basis is the glue of the rice market
by Firstgrain
There are two and only two ways to look at the rice market. You can look at it as a cash price or you can look at it through basis. Read More
Market Alerts

Market Alerts

Rice Market outlook video
by Milo Hamilton
Here is the Youtube video on the market outlook from the Milo Hamilton's webinar this week with Bobby Coats. Read More
The Origins of Rice

The Origins of Rice

Where and when did rice come on the scene?
by MIlo Hamilton
The origin of rice is hotly contested in Asian countries. The debate may have some value as areas seek better seed stock and strategies to fill consumer demand. Read More

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