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From two of the top three rice lines planted in Louisiana in 2022 to the growing popularity of elite Clearfieldâ and Provisiaâ varieties in the southern rice region, Horizon Ag varieties are the “go-to” seed for farmers looking for higher yield potential, desirable quality, preferred agronomics and overall consistent performance.
Provisia variety PVL03 was the most planted rice seed line in 2022 in Louisiana, going on 19% of the state’s rice acreage. Clearfield variety CLL17 was a close third, with 10 percent of the state’s rice acreage.
At the same time, CLL16, an Arkansas-bred variety with excellent yield potential and vigor, is expected to be planted on more acreage in the coming season, and a limited launch of new CLL18, another Arkansas-bred line with extremely high yield potential, is attracting a lot of interest.
“We’ve heard from farmers who said that PVL03 did what it needed to do, in terms of high yields, and it exceeded expectations by providing good milling quality in a year where millings were erratic,” says Dr. Tim Walker, Horizon Ag general manager. “PVL03 is the Provisia variety many in the industry were waiting for, and it was planted on a lot of acres this past year. The proof of its value is in the results farmers saw in their fields.”
Although there is another ACCase inhibitor herbicide system available for rice, it is important to understand it is not the same as the Provisia Rice System.
“PVL03 has good tolerance of Provisia herbicide, and the herbicide doesn’t need a safener,” says Dr. Walker. “It’s the best system available today for weedy rice. Farmers have heard all the stories out there about performance issues with other technologies. The bottom line is we can’t afford to be safe on weeds.”
“We’re excited to bring our strongest seed portfolio to date in 2023,” says Dr. Walker. “More than ever, farmers need varieties they can count on for consistent performance while providing the weed control they need for outstanding yields and a better return on investment.”
More information about Horizon Ag Clearfield and Provisia varieties is available at www.Horizonseed.com.