Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The wild rice harvesting season has officially begun starting Friday, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The DNR says the season runs from Aug. 15 through Sept. 30; however, before beginning harvesting must ensure the rice is ripe.
According to the Fond du Lac Natural Resources Program Manager, Thomas Howes, the rice is actually several weeks away from harvest causing a delay in the start to the season.
Howes says historically harvesters begin ricing the first week of September, but it varies depending on the evaluation of ripeness by the band's Elder wild rice committee.
The program manager says they are seeing some developmental delay, but it is not due to any significant negative impacts from water levels as a result of summer flooding across the state.
However, Howes adds that the late ice out this spring followed by wet cool conditions possibly could be playing a role in the delay.