Glorious Mud

By Jim Morris

I’ve spent half my life working with farmers, so I’ve seen my share of dirt and mud. There’s no mud quite like Sacramento Valley rice country mud! Those heavy clay soils are great for holding water in like a bathtub but they can be ruinous on shoes.

I’m happy – actually ecstatic – to report that I finished off a pair of shoes today tromping near a rice field. This was while photographing a canal in south Sutter County, which showed improved water levels.

Mud is harder to come by these days because of the drought. But what a difference the past week of rainfall has made!

Of course we aren’t out of the woods just yet. But this wetter patch of winter should be valued as a promising start. Hopefully the rest of winter will include several more storms and more muddy opportunities!


Jim Morris is Communications Manager for the California Rice Commission. Jim has worked in communications for more than 20 years. When he’s not on the job, he enjoys his family, faith, football, outrageous monster stories and running marathons.