Former professional baseball catcher, outfielder and manager Yogi Berra once said of baseball, “Ninety percent of this game is half mental.”

As cotton producers know all too well, the cotton planting decision can create a similar brand of battiness. Where do I plant cotton and how much? Will corn and soybean prices hold? Will cotton prices rally at some point? Will weather change my entire plan? And last but not least, what cotton varieties do I plant this spring?

U.S. cotton seed companies have once again released new cotton varieties, many with out-of-the-park yield potential and fiber quality, descriptions of which are listed below.

Maybe looking over these rookie descriptions will help. Note that some are in their second year of release. Descriptions are provided by seed companies.

All-Tex Seed brand

All-Tex Seed, Levelland, Texas, will offer nine new cotton varieties in 2013, including five conventional offerings, one of which is a new Pima cotton variety.

Rapid (2359) B2RF is an early maturing, semi-hairy picker variety with staple averaging from 1.14 to 1.17, strength at 29 to 31 and micronaire running from 3.8 to 4.8. It offers excellent yield potential and premium fiber from Lubbock north.

Edge (81227) B2RF is an early-late, semi-smooth picker variety with premium quality characteristics and high yield potential for Texas producers. Strength ranges from 28 to 32, Micronaire is 3.7 to 4.8, and staple runs 1.10 to 1.20.

Dinero (81220) B2RF is a medium, semi-smooth leaf picker-type cotton with exceptional fiber qualities and high yield potential for Texas. Strength ranges from 29 to 33, micronaire is 3.6 to 4.5, and staple is 1.14 to 1.23.

Nitro-44 (81144) B2RF is a medium, semi-smooth leaf, picker cotton with a 3.5 to 4.4 micronaire range, 1.17 to 1.26 staple and strength range from 29 to 37.  It is adapted to both irrigated and dryland conditions and offers a superior fiber and yield package.

A102 is a medium-early conventional cotton variety with micronaire ranging from 3.5 to 4.9, staple, 1.07 to 1.19, and strength at 25 to 31. A102 is a semi-smooth leaf variety adapted to irrigated and dryland production in the Texas Gulf Coast, Texas High Plains and Oklahoma. It is semi-storm tolerant and similar in maturity to FM 958.

OL220 is a semi-smooth, okra leaf, medium-maturity variety with a high turnout. It is adapted to dryland or irrigated conditions over a wide geographical area. Quality characteristics include micronaire, 3.5 to 4.8, staple, 1.10 to 1.17, and strength, 28 to 31.

LA122 is a medium-maturing, smooth leaf picker cotton with excellent yield potential and good fiber characteristics. It is storm tolerant and widely adapted to Texas, Mississippi (Delta and Hills) and Georgia. Micronaire is 3.5 to 4.9, staple, 1.08 to 1.20, and strength 26 to 31.

7A21 is a new medium-maturity, semi-smooth picker variety with excellent fiber quality and storm tolerance as well as good tolerance to Fusarium and Verticillium wilt and is widely adapted to Texas, Mississippi Delta and irrigated acreage in Georgia. Characteristics include a 3.5 to 4.8 micronaire, 1.11 to 1.21 staple and strength from 29 to 32.

P-203 is a new Pima cotton with medium maturity, semi-smooth leaf, exceptional length, strength and yield potential. Characteristics include: 44 to 46 strength, 4.0 to 4.44 micronaire and 1.42 to 1.48 staple.

For more information, see www.alltexseed.com.

Americot, Inc./NexGen and Americot brands

Americot, Inc., is introducing three new varieties for 2013. The Lubbock, Texas, based company offers two brands of cottonseed, NexGen and Americot, available with single gene Roundup Ready Flex, and stacked Bollgard II with Roundup Ready Flex technologies, as well as a conventional variety.