Horizon Ag will is rolling out two new Clearfield rice varieties for 2021:
CLL16, a long grain Clearfield rice variety, was developed by the University of Arkansas. CLL16 has shown “excellent rough rice yields, averaging higher than Diamond in university tests,” the company noted in its announcement. “Its performance consistency, combined with its quality potential and industry-leading blast resistance, makes CLL16 the complete package for many rice farmers considering seed choices for planting next season.”
CLL17, an early-season, semi-dwarf long grain rice, was developed at the LSU Rice Research Station, and it has consistently out-yielded CL153, the top-planted Louisiana variety in recent years, in multi-year trials.
“It has solid ratoon crop potential and also features outstanding resistance to blast,” according to the announcement. “In addition, it has proven to provide excellent milling yield and very good grain quality. Horizon Ag expects CLL17 to become the leading Clearfield variety planted in Louisiana, surpassing CL153, based on its performance.”
These new varieties join other top-performing lines that were released in 2020:
- CLL15, a long grain variety from the Arkansas program, was bred for higher yields in the North Delta.
- CLM04, a medium grain type that has consistently resulted in high yields and quality.
- PVL02, the second variety launched featuring the Provisia technology from BASF that gives farmers unmatched ability to control weedy rice and herbicide-resistant red rice.
“BASF and Horizon are committed to bringing the highest yielding varieties to rice growers,” said Jody Wynia, U.S. Rice Licensing Lead for BASF Agricultural Solutions. “We are excited about the launch of these latest varieties, CLL16 and CLL17, that are setting a new standard in performance and are available for 2021 On top of that, growers are seeing the impressive results in PVL02 and CLL15 in this year’s rice harvest,”
PVL02, which was available in limited supply in 2020, proved to be a significant step change over the first Provisia variety, PVL01, in terms of yield and overall performance, and will replace it in the Horizon Ag lineup for 2021, according to Horizon Ag. “Interest in PVL02 in 2020 was high and, with a larger supply of seed available, expectations are for strong demand for Provisia rice in 2021.”
Many farmers throughout the region had a chance to see CLL15 in action on their own farms in 2020 and liked what they saw — top-end yield potential, with excellent milling characteristics and broad-spectrum blast resistance.
“Our variety offerings have never been stronger,” said Dr. Tim Walker, Horizon Ag general manager. “We have Clearfield varieties that can compete with hybrids but with a lower seed cost and input costs, and a selection of maturities with enhanced disease packages designed to meet the needs of our farmer customers throughout the South.
“And we have an outstanding Provisia variety in the Provisia Rice System that farmers consistently say has resulted in the cleanest rice fields in the region. There is no technology comparable to Provisia rice available for our region today when it comes to effectively controlling weedy rice and herbicide-resistant red rice.”