Growers who intend to plant the new Clearfield rice varieties next spring must attend a Grower Certification Seminar this winter, officials of the companies introducing the new technology have announced.

Rice producers will have a choice of three Clearfield varieties — CL 121, CL 141 and CL 161 — in 2002, according to spokesmen for Orygen Seed Marketing and BASF, which are jointly responsible for the release of the herbicide-resistant rice system.

To help educate growers about the need for proper stewardship of the new varieties, the companies have scheduled the Grower Certification Seminars in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas beginning in January. Three seminars have already been held in Louisiana.

Locations and times:

Arkansas

  • Black River Vo-Tech Development Center, Pocahontas, Jan. 10, 1 p.m.
  • Hoxie Service Center, Hoxie, Jan. 15, 1 p.m.
  • Newport Depot, Newport, Jan. 17, 2 p.m.
  • Greene County Community Center, Paragould, Jan. 22, 9 a.m.
  • Brinkley Convention Center, Brinkley, Jan. 22, 1 p.m.
  • Forrest City Civic Center, Forrest City, Jan. 23, 1 p.m.
  • Dumas Community Center, Dumas, Jan. 24, 10:30 a.m.
  • Pines Golf Course, Clarendon, Jan. 24, 1 p.m.
  • Hickory Ridge Municipal Building, Hickory Ridge, Jan. 24, 1 p.m.
  • Ainley Community Center, Corning, Jan. 29, 9 a.m.
  • Extension Service Office, Pine Bluff, Jan. 29, 1 p.m.
  • Extension Service Office, Lonoke, Jan. 30, 1 p.m.
  • Weiner Rice Festival Building, Weiner, Jan. 31, 9 a.m.
  • Ramada Inn, Lake Village, Jan. 31, 10:30 a.m.
  • Rice Research and Extension Center, Stuttgart, Feb. 4, 1 p.m.
  • ASU Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Feb. 5, 1 p.m.
  • Arkansas County Fairgrounds, Dewitt, Feb. 6, 1 p.m.
  • Dumas Community Center, Dumas, Feb. 7, 10:30 a.m.
  • Delta Vo-Tech Center, Marked Tree, Feb. 12, 9 a.m.
  • Village Creek State Park, Wynne, Feb. 13, 1 p.m.
  • Northeast Research and Extension Center, Keiser, Feb. 19, 1 p.m.

Louisiana

  • Lake Providence Country Club, Lake Providence, Jan. 15, 11:30 a.m.
  • Rayville Civic Center, Rayville, Jan. 31, 1 p.m.

Mississippi

  • Bolivar County Expo Building, Cleveland, Jan. 24, 9 a.m.
  • Ramada Inn, Greenville, Jan. 29, 9 a.m.

Missouri

  • Eagle Lodge, Dexter, Feb. 6, 2 p.m.
  • River's Banquet Hall, New Madrid, Mo., Feb. 12, 2 p.m.
  • American Legion Hall, Kennett, Feb. 13, 2 p.m.

Texas

  • El Campo Civic Center, El Campo, Jan. 23, 10 a.m.

For more information, contact a BASF sales representative or Clearfield seed supplier.