With rice planting time approaching in many areas of the South, now is the time to take steps to help make the coming season more productive and profitable.
The following are considerations that should contribute to a successful year:
- Put at least some of rice acres in a new, top-performing variety suited to your areas. With the launch of CLL15 in 2020, rice farmers have the opportunity to plant an Arkansas-bred Clearfield variety that’s rivaling hybrid yields, at a lower seed cost. The semi-dwarf long-grain has broad-spectrum blast resistance and excellent milling characteristics, including good grain length and low chalk. With a good quantity of CLL15 available, farmers can try it and see for themselves why this variety is getting so much attention across the region.
Another new variety from Arkansas, CLM04, is a top-performing medium-grain rice with the weed control advantages of the Clearfield Production System for rice. CLM04 was the top performer in Horizon Ag Seed production fields and has tremendous yield potential and stability. It has improved blast tolerance compared to Jupiter and milled grain characteristics similar to those found in Jupiter and Titan.
- Farmers with fields infested with weedy rice have a proven tool to bring their fields back to profitable production levels, cost efficiently. When the ProvisiaÒ Rice System was launched in 2018 with PVL01, it provided a critically needed new weed management system. Since then, farmers have used Provisia rice to clean up fields infested with herbicide-resistant weeds, often at a lower cost for weed control than other systems or conventional rice.
For 2020, farmers have the opportunity to plant new PVL02, the most recent addition to the Provisia system. PVL02 should provide a significant yield potential advantage over PVL01 and, since it is about 20 days earlier, improved ratoon crop potential. Like PVL01 it has outstanding vigor and tillers well, and it provides outstanding milling quality.
- Farmers planting Provisia rice can look into contracting at least some of the crop early due to the strong demand for its preferable quality from buyers. Buyers for countries where annual rice consumption is much higher than in the United States are saying that the quality of PVL01 and PVL02 is extremely desirable, and there may be additional incentives available.
- Don’t wait for weedy rice to become a costly issue before adding Provisia rice to your crop rotation. Practicing good stewardship will pay off this year and for the future. With no other new rice weed control systems expected in the next decade, putting Provisia rice in a recommended rotation will help keep it an effective tool and also extend the effectiveness of your Clearfield rice so that it also remains a viable, effective option.
- Take advantage of 0% financing from Horizon Ag and BASF. Farmers looking for enhanced financial flexibility in 2020 can take advantage of fixed 0%1 APR financing on Horizon Ag seed and BASF crop protection products for the coming year, through a Multi-Use Account from John Deere Financial. Eligible products include Clearfield varieties CL111, CL151, CL153, CL163, CLL15, CLM04 and CLJ01, followed by Clearpathâ herbicide or Newpathâ herbicide; Provisia varieties PVL01 and PVL02 followed by Provisia herbicide; and BASF crop protection products applied to rice acres — Beyondâ herbicide, Facetâ L herbicide, Sharpenâ herbicide or Prowlâ H2O herbicide.
- Ask about reduced rice variety prices this season. Horizon Ag has dropped the price of several proven Clearfield varieties — CL111, CL151, CL153, CL163 and CLJ01 — for 2020. These varieties are ones that have, season after season, provided outstanding results for Southern rice farmers.