Provisia rice to be companion technology for Clearfield

Rice producers should avoid planting Provisia rice right behind Clearfield, experts say.

Clearfield rice has been used as a stand-alone technology since its introduction in 2002, when the non-GMO rice developed by researchers at the LSU AgCenter revolutionized rice weed control.

It wasn’t supposed to be that way; it just happened, according to Sunny Bottoms, technical service manager for Horizon Ag, speaking at the company's annual Arkansas field day in Jonesboro, Ark.

The new Provisia Rice System, which was developed by the LSU AgCenter and BASF, is designed to be a companion technology and to help extend the life of Clearfield rice. Dr. Bottoms explained why that is and how Horizon Ag and BASF hope to make that work in a presentation at the Field Day on the Mark Wimpy Farm near Jonesboro, Ark.

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