Recent LSU releases receive good reviews at field day

Evangeline parish field day

Growers listen to LSU AgCenter rice breeder Steve Linscombe discuss recent varietal releases. — photo by Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter

In the first of a series of field days, Louisiana State University’s AgCenter highlighted two varieties it released in 2015 that are receiving good reviews.

CL153, a Clearfield-tolerant long-grain, has less chalk and better disease resistance than CL151. The mills also like the quality, Steve Linscombe, rice breeder and LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station director, told attendees at an Evangeline Parish rice and soybean field day.

The medium-grain CL272, also a Clearfield variety, has better yield potential than any other long grain as well as the medium-grain Jupiter. The quality is favored by Kellogg’s.

More CL272 will be sent to Kellogg’s this season for further testing.

Both varieties will be available for commercial production in 2017, according to a news release. This year, they’re undergoing seed increase.

Development of the herbicide-resistant rice technology Provisia is progressing. The lines will undergo seed increase in 2017 with a commercial launch of a variety in 2018.

With a different mode of action, Provisia herbicide offers an alternate to Clearfield in fields with resistant weedy red rice.

Check the Rice Farming events calendar for upcoming field days.