SEMO develops new rice variety

A new rice breed has been developed by Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau and the Missouri Rice Research and Merchandising Council (MRRMC) and is commercially available for the 2019 planting season. Dr. Mike Aide, professor of agriculture, tells Brownfield Ag News that MM17 is their first-ever release by SEMO of a new rice variety and they’re very excited about it, “It is a cross between a variety from Italy and one of our own lines and it showed excellent characteristics for taste as well as yield as well as palatability issues.” Aide says MM17 rice is ideal for Asian restaurants for making sushi and other Asian dishes, “And we are very hopeful that restaurants from St. Louis to New York City will be buying Missouri rice!”

The variety from Italy is short grain, crossed with an experimental line from the Cooperative Uniform Regional Rice Nursery, a multi-state program. Most of the rice grown in Missouri is long-grain.

Dr. Aide and Greg Yielding, director of emerging markets and special projects with U.S. Rice Producers, will present their work on breeding MM17 at the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference this winter (January 30th and February 1, 2019) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

AUDIO: Interview with Dr. Mike Aide~


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