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• There are exceptions, but today’s top of the line cotton varieties are proving to be consistent, responsive to management and able to take a hit and keep on ticking.
Bringing new technologies
“We are currently working on bringing new technologies, such as dicamba tolerance, into our varieties,” Pogue said. “Some of our breeding focus has been toward developing nematode resistance and increased fiber quality. We hope to have a limited supply of reniform/root-knot nematode tolerant cotton by 2013.”
Pogue noted that some new upland varieties in the All-Tex pipeline have had staple lengths of 42 and strength as high as 39.5 grams per tex. The first of these varieties may come to market as early as 2015.
Supply of Nitro-44 is expected to run out, judging by sales so far. “We have been focusing on research hard the last 5 years and farmers are just now seeing what we have been doing in our breeding department for the past 5 years,” Pogue said.
Americot, Inc./NexGen and Americot brands
“In 2011, NG 1511 B2RF was the top performing B2RF variety in university official variety trials across the Cotton Belt, noted Americot marketing manager Julie Dingus. “Growers experienced this same performance in irrigated and dryland fields this past season.”
The highly adaptable NG 1511 B2RF is a Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex cotton that can be planted from Arizona through the Carolinas. The medium maturity variety provides excellent yield potential and an excellent fiber package. NG 1511 B2RF has a staple range of 36 to 37, strength 29 to 30, and micronaire 4.4 to 4.8.
Another NexGen variety, NG 4012 B2RF, is a popular Southwest storm-proof variety with Verticillium wilt tolerance. It is a medium maturity variety that offers excellent yield potential and an excellent fiber package. NG 4012 B2RF has a staple range of 36 to 38, strength, 31 to 32, and micronaire, 4.0 to 4.8.
“NG 4012 B2RF is widely adapted to the South Plains and Rolling Plains of Texas, and southwest Oklahoma,” says Dingus. “The Southwest region has experienced two years of below average rainfall and even drought conditions. NG 4012 B2RF continues to perform well on both irrigated and dryland acres.”
The Americot, Inc. breeding program draws from a vast pool of high quality germplasm, including state university breeding programs. An example of the company’s collaboration is AM UA48, a conventional variety that offers outstanding fiber quality and excellent yield potential. This early maturity variety has a staple range of 39 to 41, strength, 34 to 35, and micronaire, 4.4 to 4.8.
“AM UA48 was developed by the University of Arkansas,” Dingus said. “It is a high yielder that is well suited for the northern cotton growing areas of the Mid-South and Southeast but it is known for its outstanding fiber properties.
Americot, Inc. also provides several programs to help cotton growers, including a finance program, a replant program and a drought program in the Southwest.