New long-grain variety could be released soon

Frances Gould, Schultz, Bruce  |  10/9/2013 9:24:24 PM

A potential long-grain rice variety will be considered for release in 2012, according to Dr. Steve Linscombe, the LSU AgCenter rice breeder working on the project.

The long-grain line LA2048 is similar to Catahoula and Cheniere, Linscombe said, and it has similar maturity, plant height and lodging resistance to those varieties.

Its main trait, however, is improved grain quality and appearance, along with a slight yield advantage.

"One thing we have seen with this line is a yield advantage over Cheniere," Linscombe explained, saying yields are consistent throughout the harvest and that LA2048 has good milling stability.

"Growers have expressed a desire for improved milling quality, and this potential variety addresses that," he said.

Checkoff funds for this
project in 2011: $436,000

(This article was published in the 2012 Louisiana Rice Research Board Annual Report.)

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