Earlier this year, the BASF Provisia Rice System, released in partnership with Horizon Ag, made the Provisia seed variety — PVL01 — available for limited launch in the 2018 season. While the Provisia Rice System answers a need from rice growers experiencing resistant weed issues, it also promotes the longevity of the trusted and proven Clearfield Production System for rice.
Before growers plan to incorporate either the Provisia Rice System or Clearfield Production System within their crop rotation programs, there are three tips they should keep in mind:
1. Rotational Options
In order to extend the life of both systems, growers entering the Provisia system should follow a three-year rotation of the Provisia Rice System, followed by the Clearfield Production System, and then soybeans. By following this rotation, growers can increase their options for rice production, expanding rice from every other year to two out of three years’ production.
2. Managing Weed Resistance
A key element of any crop’s success is dependent on following stewardship guidelines, including rotating herbicide chemistries on rice acres. The two systems are composed of seed with herbicide-tolerant traits that allow growers to rotate different herbicide modes of action. This allows growers to safely apply specific BASF herbicides, including Provisia herbicide, Newpath® herbicide, Clearpath® herbicide and Beyond® herbicide, to their crop to effectively manage resistant grasses and volunteer rice.
3. Sustainable Rice Production
By following the three-year rotation of the Provisia Rice System, Clearfield Production System and soybeans, growers are able to reap the benefits of more sustainable rice-planting years on more acres. The Provisia Rice System in particular allows rice acres lost to volunteer rice to be brought back into production at least two years sooner than traditional management recommendations.
While working together, the two rice systems can give growers a way to combat resistant weeds and get those higher yields at the end of the season. To learn more about the Provisia Rice System and the Clearfield Production System for rice, visit GrowSmartRice.com.
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