You can grow rice in Illinois. Blake Girard has done it for nearly 20 years in the southern part of the state.
Girard was among the exhibitors at the Illinois Products Expo in Springfield last weekend.
He devotes 1,000 acres of his farm to rice and the other 1,000 acres to soybeans. The rice is planted between April 1 and May 25 and harvested between mid-September and mid-October, which is similar to the corn season in southern Illinois.