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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.
Come back ability
The variety is well known for “come back ability” under extreme weather conditions. “PHY 375 WRF has an uncanny ability to handle stress, and then load a bunch of fruit in a very short time period,” says Robert Lemon, PhytoGen cotton development specialist. “Though we are heading into our sixth year with PHY 375 WRF, it remains a great choice for Texas farming operations and the perfect complement to PHY 499 WRF.”
PHY 367 WRF is a classic early variety that provides exceptional tolerance to root-knot nematodes, and adapted for the Southeast, Southwest and Mid-South, the company says.
It is an early maturity variety with excellent yield, excellent early season vigor, high yield potential and excellent quality. It has been a choice of many producers, especially after the loss of aldicarb for control of root-knot nematodes. Not only does PHY 367 WRF produce well in root-knot nematode fields, it also performs well in Verticillium wilt environments.
Lubbock, Texas, cotton grower Casey Jones has seen the benefits of planting PHY 367 WRF where nematode populations are the highest. “PHY 367 WRF made the best plant population we have ever had on this particular ground,” says Jones. “The seedling vigor was excellent because the variety came out of the ground running and never stopped. Once you get your fertilizer applied, this variety is ready to rock. It’s also easy to manage.”
“Pretty much across the board, our leading varieties are surprising me this fall,” said Keylon Gholston, Deltapine products manager. “We’re getting some reports of amazing yields with DP 1028 B2RF. Georgia is having a tremendous year with DP 1252 B2RF, DP 1137 B2RF, DP 1048 B2RF and DP 1050 B2RF.
Texas, especially in west Texas where harvest is in full swing now, our varieties are doing well even on some of the lighter water areas. We are making more cotton than I thought we would a month ago. DP 1133 B2RF has been doing very well in the Delta.”
Here’s more on the top performers this season, from Deltapine.
DP 1212 B2RF is an early-maturity Deltapine variety for the Northern High Plains and Texas Panhandle areas with similar yield potential and fit to both DP 104 B2RF and DP 0912 B2RF. DP 1212 B2RF has shown to be a very water-efficient variety, making the best use of available water. It is broadly adapted across Texas.
DP 1219 B2RF has been a great fit across Texas and the Southwest with high yield potential on both irrigated and limited-water fields. During the past two years of dry conditions in Texas, DP 1219 B2Rf has shown its ability to make the most of available water and to handle drought situations very well.
DP 1252 B2RF is a full-season variety that packs lots of yield potential. Its best fit is irrigated, more productive soils in South Texas and in the Southeast growing regions. This variety is very responsive to management and yield environment, and is turning in big yields in Georgia this fall.
DP 1133 B2RF has proven to be a variety with strong performance in the Mid-South. DP 1133 B2RF is a smooth leaf, mid-maturity variety that combines high yield potential with excellent fiber quality.
DP 1137 B2RF is a mid-maturity variety that offers outstanding yield potential for dryland situations in the upper Southeast and dryland hill section of the upper Mid-South. DP 1137 B2RF is known for its early season vigor that creates a large stalk size and excellent yield potential across a wide range of growing environments.
DP 1044 B2RF was the most popular cotton variety in Texas in 2012. This mid- to full maturity variety with a smooth leaf offers a great combination of yield and fiber quality for dryland and limited-water irrigated acres in Texas. DP 1044 B2RF has proven to be a consistent performer since its introduction in 2010 in varied weather conditions and growing environments.
Deltapine Class of 13 varieties are scheduled to be announced at the NPE Summit in Nashville in December.
Gholston said that Deltapine will be evaluating varieties with resistance to root-knot nematode next year. “It’s a breeding trait, not biotech. We’re really looking forward to field testing those under grower conditions with some pretty severe pressure.”