Rice quality in the mid-south has been linked to nighttime air temperatures.
Scientists based out of the University of Arkansas have been studying hot summer temperatures from the years 2010 and 2011, and how rice crops reacted.
According to the study, high nighttime temperatures interfere with rice kernel development during the so-called grain filling stage.
The research could lead to the creation of varieties of rice that are more resistant to high temperatures.
Results of the study were presented at a meeting on the U. of A. campus.
Industry leaders and rice experts from around the world gathered for that meeting.