Cotton producers can get a close look at exciting new Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex varieties from Delta and Pine Land Company (D&PL) during company field days this summer.

“As the industry’s leading cotton seed company, our customers expect us to be on the cutting edge of technology,” said Jim Willeke, vice-president of sales and marketing for D&PL. “These field days allow producers, consultants and others to see first-hand how this new technology is performing in the field and in D&PL varieties that will be available in 2006 and the coming seasons.

“In particular, there is tremendous interest in D&PL Bollgard II/Flex varieties along with a new stacked variety, DP 454 BG/RR, which has producers excited about its potential to combine great yield with premium-quality fiber.”

DP 454 BG/RR is a new Bollgard/Roundup Ready stacked variety combining the yield potential of DP 555 BG/RR and the fiber quality characteristics of DP 444 BG/RR — the No. 1 and No.2 planted cotton varieties in the United States in 2005. The D&PL 400-series of products (DP 444 BG/RR, DP 445 BG/RR, DP 455 BG/RR, DP 432 RR and DP 434 RR) have demonstrated potential for good performance in a wide range of geographies across the United States. Many of these products will be in side-by-side comparisons with competitor products at these events to demonstrate the advantage D&PL varieties offer producers.

D&PL breeders have worked for several years combining the new technology traits with elite D&PL seed germplasm to develop BGII/RR Flex varieties across all maturities. Bollgard II is the second-generation insect-protection technology developed by Monsanto that controls a broader-spectrum of pests than Bollgard. That technology is stacked with Roundup Ready Flex, another Monsanto development that allows over-the-top applications of glyphosate through layby and beyond for better and longer weed control.

Important D&PL producer field days include:

Texas

Biotechnology will be on the grandstand at the annual D&PL Field Day in Lorenzo, Texas on Sept. 15. Producers will get a chance to see new Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex varieties from D&PL, as well as some of the newer BG/RR varieties that have demonstrated excellent yield and fiber quality potential in the High Plains.

The event will be held eight miles south of Lorenzo at the Steve Chapman farm and begins at 9 a.m. Attendees will get an opportunity to see new D&PL cotton varieties grown in drip, pivot and non-irrigated situations.

“We encourage producers to come out on Sept. 15 to see the commitment D&PL has to west Texas,” said Matt Vaughn, D&PL regional sales manager for west Texas. “Our commitment runs much deeper than the super research facilities we operate in the region and the outstanding products we’ve bred and developed for this market. It also includes a fully-staffed sales and technical services team serving the region. No one has the commitment in facilities, people or products for the west Texas market like D&PL.”

Arizona

At the annual D&PL Field Tour in Coolidge, Ariz. on Sept. 22, a new high-yielding BGII/RR flex variety is the featured attraction. Yet to be named, the new D&PL mid- to full-season variety is being grown for seed production this year in Arizona to build supplies for the 2006 season. The new variety has exhibited excellent heat tolerance in testing in Arizona and is a both a vigorous-growing and high-yield potential variety, similar to DP 555 BG/RR.

Also on the Arizona tour will be two Bollgard/Roundup Ready stacked varieties, DP 445 BG/RR and DP 455 BG/RR. Launched in Arizona on a limited scale this year, these two varieties have demonstrated good adaptation in parts of the state and should be in demand for 2006. The tour will also feature side-by-side comparison of D&PL varieties with competitor products.

“This is the farm tour in Arizona where producers can see side-by-side comparisons of the leading D&PL varieties with competitor products” said Mike Farmer, D&PL district sales manager in Arizona. “D&PL has an exciting lineup of varieties shaping up for 2006 with new technologies and enhanced yield and quality potential, and this event is where you can see these products on large plots.”

Field tours begin at 10 a.m. and lunch starts at 11 a.m. Please make plans to attend the event, which is located 3 miles south of Coolidge on the Greg Wuertz farm.

Sunbelt Ag Expo

New D&PL products will be on display at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga., Oct. 18-20, including the new BGII/RR Flex varieties and the exciting new DP 454 BG/RR that combines the best traits of America’s leading two varieties, DP 555 BG/RR and DP 444 BG/RR.