“Orygen producer-processors have an ample planting seed supply for 2004, enough to plant between 350,000 and 400,000 acres,” says Randy Ouzts, Horizon Ag general manager. “However, it’s being booked quickly, so we encourage growers and retailers to make seed commitments now with their local Orygen rice seed supplier.”

Ouzts says CL161’s yields are extremely consistent and in most instances, comparable to Wells, Cocodrie and Cypress. “We’ve even seen CL161 in several instances yield very close to hybrids such as Clearfield XL8. Under best management practices and optimum growing conditions, it appears CL161 has yield potential comparable to any variety in the marketplace.”

Besides offering competitive yields, CL161’s grain quality and milling is proving to be significantly higher than most public varieties. “Many growers are finding the advantages in mill premiums, and the fact that CL161 is a higher quality package rice than many other varieties,” Ouzts says.

“We have seen milling results in the 68-70/71-73 range, as compared to the standard 55/70 that industry uses. Average milling for CL161 across the Southern Rice Belt has been in the mid to upper 60’s, which is quite impressive. For many growers, it’s figuring out to be as high as a 10-cent to 25-cent per bushel premium.”

CL161 is a short-stature long grain variety that offers higher imidazolinone (imi) herbicide tolerance than prior releases. The use of Newpath herbicide in conjunction with this imidazolinone-tolerant rice variety allows growers to achieve maximum yield potential in red rice and other weedy situations.

“CL161 is unique due to its tolerance to two post applications of Newpath herbicide,” Ouzts says. “The expanded tolerance has allowed growers more flexibility to fit Newpath into their production practices. More rice growers are seeing the value of the Clearfield Production System in controlling red rice.

“They are using Clearfield not only in heavy red rice infested fields, but also are looking to use the technology in a rotation on all acres to limit red rice outbreaks.”

The technology has performed consistently for three years in the field. Additionally, growers are finding the ease of use of the chemistry coupled to the variety to be much simpler to use than existing programs, particularly in red rice control.

CL161 is the first of higher performing Clearfield rice varieties, notes Ouzts. Two variety candidates are in development with anticipated launch dates between 2005 and 2007. They will offer higher yield potential and identical Newpath tolerance.

“We anticipate having Clearfield varieties that are higher yielding and competitive with any variety in the market place,” Ouzts says.

Prior to purchasing Clearfield rice growers must sign a stewardship agreement and are encouraged to attend educational stewardship training. The stewardship training was developed to educate growers in Clearfield rice best management practices to protect their long-term ability to control red rice.

Clearfield rice is sold under a Stewardship Agreement. Growers who wish to plant Clearfield rice must follow stewardship guidelines as set by BASF Corp. and Horizon Ag. Details concerning stewardship can be accessed via retailers and Orygen Producer-Processors, as well as www.newpath.basf-corp.com

Horizon Ag developed its Orygen Seed Marketing System to coordinate the production and distribution of advanced seed lines for technology providers and public university breeding systems through quality rice seed producers, processors and seed retailers. For more information about Horizon Ag and its Orygen Seed Marketing System, go to www.orygen.net

e-mail: MEMPHIS, Tenn. – From a 50,000-acre Clearfield rice launch in 2001 to a 200,000-acre CL161 introduction in 2003, grower acceptance of the new herbicide-resistant technology has been phenomenal, according to Horizon Ag, LLC, officials.

“Orygen producer-processors have an ample planting seed supply for 2004, enough to plant between 350,000 and 400,000 acres,” says Randy Ouzts, Horizon Ag general manager. “However, it’s being booked quickly, so we encourage growers and retailers to make seed commitments now with their local Orygen rice seed supplier.”

Ouzts says CL161’s yields are extremely consistent and in most instances, comparable to Wells, Cocodrie and Cypress. “We’ve even seen CL161 in several instances yield very close to hybrids such as Clearfield XL8. Under best management practices and optimum growing conditions, it appears CL161 has yield potential comparable to any variety in the marketplace.”

Besides offering competitive yields, CL161’s grain quality and milling is proving to be significantly higher than most public varieties. “Many growers are finding the advantages in mill premiums, and the fact that CL161 is a higher quality package rice than many other varieties,” Ouzts says.

“We have seen milling results in the 68-70/71-73 range, as compared to the standard 55/70 that industry uses. Average milling for CL161 across the Southern Rice Belt has been in the mid to upper 60’s, which is quite impressive. For many growers, it’s figuring out to be as high as a 10-cent to 25-cent per bushel premium.”

CL161 is a short-stature long grain variety that offers higher imidazolinone (imi) herbicide tolerance than prior releases. The use of Newpath herbicide in conjunction with this imidazolinone-tolerant rice variety allows growers to achieve maximum yield potential in red rice and other weedy situations.

“CL161 is unique due to its tolerance to two post applications of Newpath herbicide,” Ouzts says. “The expanded tolerance has allowed growers more flexibility to fit Newpath into their production practices. More rice growers are seeing the value of the Clearfield Production System in controlling red rice.

“They are using Clearfield not only in heavy red rice infested fields, but also are looking to use the technology in a rotation on all acres to limit red rice outbreaks.”

The technology has performed consistently for three years in the field. Additionally, growers are finding the ease of use of the chemistry coupled to the variety to be much simpler to use than existing programs, particularly in red rice control.

CL161 is the first of higher performing Clearfield rice varieties, notes Ouzts. Two variety candidates are in development with anticipated launch dates between 2005 and 2007. They will offer higher yield potential and identical Newpath tolerance.

“We anticipate having Clearfield varieties that are higher yielding and competitive with any variety in the market place,” Ouzts says.

Prior to purchasing Clearfield rice growers must sign a stewardship agreement and are encouraged to attend educational stewardship training. The stewardship training was developed to educate growers in Clearfield rice best management practices to protect their long-term ability to control red rice.

Clearfield rice is sold under a Stewardship Agreement. Growers who wish to plant Clearfield rice must follow stewardship guidelines as set by BASF Corp. and Horizon Ag. Details concerning stewardship can be accessed via retailers and Orygen Producer-Processors, as well as www.newpath.basf-corp.com.

Horizon Ag developed its Orygen Seed Marketing System to coordinate the production and distribution of advanced seed lines for technology providers and public university breeding systems through quality rice seed producers, processors and seed retailers. For more information about Horizon Ag and its Orygen Seed Marketing System, go to www.orygen.net.

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