Harvesting rice. Combine harvester (left) cutting and threshing (beating) mature rice plants (Oryza sp.) to isolate the grain, which is then deposited into the grain cart (right). Rice is one of the world's most important crops, its grains either being eaten whole or used as a source of starch for the production of alcohol. Whole grains of rice are a good source of carbohydrates, B vitamins, calcium and phosphorus. This cereal grows in areas which are warm and wet. Photographed in El Campo, Texas, USA.
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