Cotton acreage may be down in many parts of the traditional Cotton Belt, but seed companies continue to roll out new products for growers. Phytogen Cotton’s Duane Canfield talked about some of those new products in this interview at the Sunbelt Expo. Phytogen held a media briefing at Sunbelt.
Phytogen had the No. 1 Pima, the No. 1 Acala and the No. 1 upland cotton varieties that were planted in the United States in 2013, Canfield notes. It also plans to introduce six new varieties for different areas of the Cotton Belt for 2014 to help build on its 20 percent market share.
Phytogen 333 WRF will be a "very early, high yield percentage" variety that will be available for growers in areas with shorter growing seasons; i.e., less heat units than in the more southern regions of the Belt. Phytogen 599 WRF is a full-season variety that may be better suited for the latter.
Dow AgroSciences will also be unveiling its new WideStrike 3 insect protection trait in a limited quantity for 2014. WideStrike 3 features the Cry 1Ac and CRYF proteins and a vegetative insecticidal protein (Vip3A) from Bacillus thuringiensis for control of a wide range of lepidopteran pests, such as cotton bollworm, and improved resistance management.
"With three unique genes WideStrike 3 will be the industry standed for season-long control of yield-robbing worms in cotton, including improved worm control, in addition to strong trait durability for greater longevity of the technology," says Canfield.