Frances Gould | 10/3/2013 1:38:20 AM
Quality has become a focus area for the U.S. rice industry. As part of that focus, a USA Rice Federation group known as the Rice Marketability and Competitiveness Task Force was formed in February 2011.
"This task force is made up of a broad array of representatives of the rice industry – from producers, millers, researchers and end users," said Dr. Steve Linscombe, director of the LSU AgCenter’s Rice Research Station.
Linscombe said the task force currently has a project to determine what varieties have better quality, as well as which ones have quality issues.
As part of that project, 19 varieties and hybrids are being grown under experimental research conditions at six locations in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Missouri. Two different planting dates are being used, and all rice lines will be grown under the same conditions at each location.
Then the rice will be milled and analyzed by rice mills. "It will give us a much clearer picture of which of our current varieties have desired attributes," Linscombe said.
(This article was published in the 2013 Louisiana Rice Research Board Annual Report.)
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