Louisiana Rice: Field Day Will Showcase Provisia System, June 27

Horizon Ag will hold a field day in Kaplan, Louisiana, on June 27 to brief rice farmers about the new Provisia Rice System.

Developed by BASF through traditional breeding, Provisia rice is tolerant to Provisia herbicide, which received EPA registration in early 2017. Following registration, BASF partnered with researchers at Louisiana State University and Horizon Ag to bring the system to market.

With Provisia rice, growers can plant rice in consecutive seasons but still maintain sustainable weed control by rotating different herbicide modes of action in the field, according to a Horizon press release. Horizon will host a series of field days this summer ahead of Provisia rice variety sales in 2018.

“The Provisia Rice System is another important tool enabling rice producers to more effectively manage costly weed problems while planting high-yielding, superior quality Horizon Ag varieties,” said Tim Walker, Horizon Ag General Manager. “We believe Provisia rice will help extend the life of the Clearfield system where it continues to have efficacy on grass and weedy rice, while also improving control options in areas where the Clearfield system is not as effective today.”

The June 27 field day will be held at Richard Farms in Kaplan, and it will include a 20-acre field of Provisia rice. Volunteer weedy rice was growing in the field at planting, and attendees will be able to compare the Provisia’s control in a large-field setting.

The field day provides a view of the first Provisia rice variety being brought to market in 2018. Also included in the event are the two newest Horizon Ag Clearfield varieties, CL153 and CL172.

“Education about proper crop rotation and best management practices will be important for integrating this new system into our existing rice programs,” said Walker. “Proper use and stewardship will be important for the long-term viability of keeping rice in our rotation. Louisiana growers and the rest of the rice industry are encouraged to attend the field day to begin getting familiar with Provisia rice and how it fits in a rotation with Clearfield rice and other crops.”

The June 27 field day will take place at 5632 Louisiana Highway 700, Kaplan, Louisiana. Registration starts at 4:30 p.m. and the tour begins at 5 p.m.

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