By Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist
As we wrap up harvest it’s already time to make planting decisions for 2018. It’s turned out to be a great year for rice yields and prices have improved so there is a lot more optimism right now than this time last year.
Based on multiple years of advanced yield testing, below in Table 1 are the preliminary recommended rice cultivars for planting in 2018. Recommendations are preliminary as 2017 trial results are not yet finalized. Field observations are also utilized where appropriate. Just because a cultivar is not listed does not mean it cannot be grown successfully, but testing indicates the cultivars listed to be the best and most consistent performers in grain yield and milling yield across a wide range of environmental and management conditions. This list is subject to change as we finish compiling data from 2017. For additional results from previous years to make early seed selection decisions, refer to Arkansas Rice Cultivar Testing 2014-2016. Tables 2 and 3 below show a preliminary average performance from 2015-2017 and preliminary individual trial results for 2017, respectively, and are subject to change prior to final publication.
† Milling yields for 2017 trials have not been completed.