What is in this article?:
• Cotton planting season can create its own brand of battiness.
• Will cotton prices rise? Will corn and soybean prices remain stable? Will Mother Nature cooperate?
• But the most important question may be, which variety of cotton do I plant where/
• And with that, here's a look at new cotton varieties for 2013.
Dow AgroSciences/PhytoGen brand
PhytoGen is introducing two new cotton varieties to meet the needs of growers throughout the Cotton Belt. Each includes WideStrike insect protection, a two-gene Bt insect protection trait from Dow AgroSciences that delivers control of key worm pests such as tobacco budworm, corn earworm/cotton bollworm, fall armyworm, cabbage looper, and soybean looper. They also contain Roundup Ready Flex technology.
PHY 339 WRF is the earliest variety in the PhytoGen lineup. The semi-smooth leaf variety is stable and broadly adapted, with a strong fit in the north Delta and Mid-Atlantic regions. Great color, micronaire, length and strength.
PHY 575 WRF is a full-season variety similar to PHY 565 WRF with extreme yield potential and excellent fiber quality. This is an excellent addition to the PhytoGen lineup for Georgia, Florida and Alabama. It is a smooth-leaf, tall plant with great fiber package.
Other varieties in PhytoGen’s portfolio include PHY 499 WRF, a mid-maturing variety broadly adapted across the Cotton Belt, which produces very good to excellent fiber quality with high gin turnout; PHY 375 WRF, an early-maturing variety that consistently yields high and is well known for its “come back ability” under extreme weather conditions; and PHY 367 WRF, a classic early variety that provides exceptional tolerance to root-knot nematodes, boosting yields in fields under nematode pressure.
For more information, see www.dowagro.com/Phytogen.
Monsanto announced three new cotton varieties being commercialized for the Deltapine Class of 13. The varieties were evaluated by nearly 200 cotton farmers in the Deltapine new product evaluator program this season.
“The Deltapine NPE program has built a reputation as the industry’s premier variety evaluation and commercialization program,” said Keylon Gholston, Deltapine cotton products manager at Monsanto. “These three new varieties – DP 1311 B2RF, DP 1321 B2RF and DP 1359 B2RF – demonstrated outstanding potential to improve yield and fiber quality performance in key markets. They will fit well with the existing Deltapine variety lineup that consists of industry-leading products such as DP 1044 B2RF, DP 1219 B2RF and DP 1252 B2RF.”
DP 1311 B2RF is an early-maturity variety for the upper and central Mid-South. Evaluated in the program as 11R124B2R2, it has shown very good storm resistance, outstanding yield potential and significantly better micronaire than DP 0912 B2RF.
“This was the best cotton I had in my 2012 NPE plot,” said Don Lynn of Kennett, Mo. “It’s a shorter variety, really compact. I like the stalk size, and it was easy to pick. It is a variety that stands up better and yields very well. It yielded over 1,500 pounds in my test plot. I think the combination of yield and earliness will make it an excellent fit for the upper Delta.”
DP 1321 B2RF is an early-mid maturity variety for the upper Mid-South, upper Southeast and Texas markets. Evaluated in the program as 11R112B2R2, it has shown exceptionally high yield potential and better stability, storm resistance and Verticillium wilt tolerance than DP 0912 B2RF.
“It reminded me a lot of DP 0912 B2RF, which has always done well here,” said Johnny Lindley of Memphis, Texas. “It was very vigorous, coming out of the ground quickly and growing off well. They said it had a light hairy leaf type, but that did not seem to be an issue for us. It defoliated well. It was planted on May 2 and on August 28 it appeared to be ready for harvest while other varieties were still making cotton. It was a tough year and this variety hung in and made a lot of cotton. It averaged 2,093 pounds, the highest yielder in my NPE plot.”
DP 1359 B2RF is a full-season variety for Arizona and West Texas. Evaluated in the program as 11R159B2R2, it has been very responsive to high-yield environments and outstanding high yield potential. This variety will need aggressive PGR management during the pre-bloom stage.
Jerry Rovey of Buckeye, Ariz., evaluated the product in his NPE plots two years in a row and has been impressed. It shined in 2011 and followed up with a great performance in 2012, (over 4 bales) even with a two-week stretch of extreme heat “that put a damper on our yield potential. Considering the conditions, I was very pleased with the production, especially when I looked back on 2011. In a slightly better year, it will really make cotton. It’s a variety that can get tall, but if you’re aggressive early in the season, it can be managed. Be aggressive with the plant growth regulator. It’s a clean-picking variety that I think will be a good fit for us.”
In West Texas, Blaine Nichols has also had two years of positive experience with DP 1359 B2RF.