Rice farmers looking for consistent yield and quality performance in 2014 have outstanding Clearfield variety planting options.
"We are very excited about the 2014 lineup of Clearfield varieties," said Randy Ouzts, general manager of Horizon Ag. "With rice acres expected to increase in 2014, Horizon Ag and its seed partners are well-positioned to provide farmers with quality planting seed of the best-performing Clearfield lines on the market. Horizon Ag continues to focus on helping U.S. farmers harvest rice with milling and quality that buyers demand. Our varieties are preferred over hybrid rice by many markets, both domestic and foreign, and are proven performers in the field."
The Horizon Ag portfolio of Clearfield varieties includes three proven long-grains:
- CL111 has the earliest maturity of any Clearfield variety available for planting in 2014 and offers excellent vigor, high yield potential and outstanding grain quality and milling. It is ideal for early planting, staggering harvest timing and for ratoon cropping. CL111 is a Kellogg's preferred long grain variety.
- CL151 offers very high yield potential, according to several years of trials, and is also a Kellogg's preferred long grain variety. CL151 uses nitrogen very efficiently. The NSt*R program is recommended, where available, and may help reduce nitrogen input costs and improve disease control.
- CL152 offers superior lodging resistance, and good grain quality and milling. It offers strong seedling vigor and fast tillering. CL152 also uses nitrogen very efficiently. The NSt*R program is recommended where available and has shown to help reduce nitrogen input costs and improve disease control with this variety.
Two new Clearfield rice varieties have been released by the LSU AgCenter, an improved Jazzman line and a medium grain variety. Both will be available for seed production this year and commercial production in 2015.
The new CL271 medium grain shows much better blast resistance and higher yield potential, and should be a good replacement for CL261, according to Dr. Steve Linscombe, rice breeder and director of the LSU Rice Research Station in Crowley, LA.
The new CL Jazzman out yields the Jazzman and Jazzman 2 lines, according to testing, and it retains the aroma aimed at competing with imported aromatic rice.
"It probably has the prettiest grains of all the Jazzman types," says Linscombe.
Horizon will be at the 17th Annual Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference on January 15 and 16 in Tunica, MS, Horizon Ag encourages farmers to attend the event for information on rice variety management and many other important topics for maximizing yield and profits in 2014.