Rice Drying and Storage Arkansas rice producers are increasingly adopting the use of on-farm drying and storage facilities. Quality is the major factor affecting the market value of rice, and proper management of rice dried and stored on-farm is essential to maintaining high quality rice. Immediately following harvest, rice quality is typically at its peak. The final quality of rice ready to market is sensitive to all post-harvest processes, such as drying, handling, storage, and milling. On-farm rice drying and storage has the potential to increase harvest efficiency, reduce harvesting delays and provide more control over grain quality, all of which contribute to overall market/delivery time flexibility.