Submitted to: Sugar Bulletin
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: May 14, 2013
Publication Date: June 1, 2013
Citation: Sexton, D.R., Kimbeng, C.A., Dufrene Jr., E.O., White, W.H., Waguespack, H.L., Ball, B. 2013. A report on the 2012 outfield variety tests. The Sugar Bulletin. 91(9):15-18. Technical Abstract: A dependable and sustainable source of new sugarcane varieties is the life-blood of the Louisiana Sugarcane Industry. To that end, the American Sugarcane League, the Louisiana State University AgCenter, and the USDA Agricultural Research Service have joined forces to insure that life-blood continues to flow to the sugarcane farmer. Regional testing of potential varieties on commercial sugarcane fields (Outfield testing) is a vital component of the Louisiana Sugarcane Variety Program and the final stage of testing before the release of a new variety. Outfield variety tests are conducted each year on grower farms that represent different regions and soils of the Louisiana sugarcane industry. These tests are conducted during the final three years of the 12 year Louisiana sugarcane variety improvement program. Outfield tests are planted, harvested, and evaluated cooperatively by the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, and the American Sugar Cane League. In 2012, 40 outfield tests were mechanically harvested at 12 locations throughout the sugarcane belt. These tests were on sugarcane farms with typical soils for that region. This report is a summary of the yield performance of commercial and experimental sugarcane varieties harvested in the outfield variety tests during 2012. No new varieties are scheduled to be released in 2013, but Ho 07-613, which is scheduled for release in 2014, performed well in both the plant-cane and first-stubble tests. This new variety will help to insure that Louisiana sugarcane farmers can continue to be competitive in an increasingly competitive international market.