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Bobby Coats
Professor - Economics

University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

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Mary Poling
Coordinator of Interactive Communications

University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
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Horizon Ag - Future Driven, Farmer Focused

by Bobby Coats - January 25, 2018

A much-needed partner for Clearfield rice will finally be planted commercially in 2018.  It has been almost 20 years since the launch of Clearfield rice.  A companion technology is long overdue as is evidenced by a growing problem of imidazolinone-resistant red rice and weedy rice.  BASF and the LSU AgCenter partnered to develop the first Provisia rice variety (PVL01) that is tolerant to Provisia herbicide.  Horizon Ag has been the exclusive partner to BASF for Clearfield pureline rice in the southern USA since the launch of Clearfield.  The strength of the partnership was shown as Horizon will be the first to launch Provisia rice to the industry in 2018.  It is anticipated that approximately 100K acres will benefit from the exciting new technology in 2018.  Fields in Southwest Louisiana, Northeast Arkansas, and Southeast Arkansas in general have the greatest need for the technology.  Because of the efficacy of the Provisia herbicide, many fields that have become overgrown with the weedy rice complex will look like rice fields again in 2018.  This presentation will provide insight on the role Horizon Ag played in bringing this technology to market, but even more so in how to keep both technologies viable for years to come.

Dr. Tim Walker, General Manager, Horizon Ag Bio Photo
Dr. Tim Walker became the general manager of Horizon Ag in March 2014.  Before Horizon Walker most recently served as Extension rice specialist for Mississippi State University, working from the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, Miss. He also served as research professor for agronomy and breeding, where he worked on developing elite rice germplasm and cultivars for the university. Walker, who grew up on a farm in Mississippi, holds a doctoral degree in agronomy from Mississippi State University. He has authored many research papers on rice agronomic practices and is one of the premier rice specialists working in U.S. rice.  Walker is also a graduate of the class of 2005 Rice Leadership Development Program, and a participant in the 2011 and 2017 International Rice Leadership Development Program. He was named the 2012 Rice Researcher of the Year at the Conservation Tillage Cotton and Rice Conference.  He currently resides in Hernando, Mississippi, where he and his wife Peyton are rearing their three children.