Although the Horizon Ag Arkansas Field Days in Stuttgart and Jonesboro were cancelled this year due to Covid-19, you have an opportunity to watch on video what area farmers are saying about top-performing Horizon Ag varieties for the Delta — Clearfield® CLL16, CLL15 and new Provisia® variety PVL03.
The Horizon Ag Arkansas Field Day videos are available at www.horizonseed.com.
“We missed seeing everyone in person at our annual Arkansas field days, but we are excited to bring you up to date on what farmers are experiencing with the Provisia Rice System and the latest, high-yielding Clearfield varieties across this region,” says Dr. Tim Walker, Horizon Ag general manager. “Horizon Ag is proud of our heritage as a partnership brand, and the work we have done with partners like the University of Arkansas has led to several significant variety releases over the last 20 years, including the recent launches of the next generation of Clearfield varieties.”
The videos feature farmers Darren Walker from the Grand Prairie, Jason McGee from Northeast Arkansas and Zack Tanner from the Missouri Bootheel, along with an overview of the current Horizon Ag variety offering from Dr. Walker.
Varieties like CLL15, introduced last year, and CLL16, released commercially this season, have dramatically raised the bar for Clearfield variety performance, providing farmers outstanding yield potential, excellent milling characteristics, an industry-leading disease package and a better return-on-investment compared to hybrids. Both of these varieties are the result of the work of Arkansas rice breeders to bring forward improved Clearfield lines that provide a significant step-change for rice production in the Delta.
In fact, CLL16 is often described as the “complete package” by rice farmers because of its consistency, yields that rival hybrids, industry-leading blast tolerance and an outstanding milled product. In addition, CLL16 is being observed in row rice situations this year, and reports are extremely positive.
“CLL16 has as much yield potential as any product on the market, including the hybrids,” says Darren Walker, who farms near DeValls Bluff, Arkansas. “So if you have the lowest input costs and the top-end yield potential, why would you not plant CLL16?”
Finally, there is a new Horizon Ag Provisia variety, PVL03, which will be available in good supply for planting in the 2022 season.
“Farmers who have experience planting Provisia rice already know that the system is the real deal,” says Dr. Walker. “There is no better, more proven technology than the Provisia Rice System when it comes to controlling the weedy hybrid rice and hard-to-control grasses threatening production in the South.”
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