As expected, cotton producers will have numerous choices as they decide
which seed varieties to plant in 2009. The
big question: Have producers observed test plot data and learned enough
by studying their state’s Official Variety Trials (OVT)? Here
are some updates from several companies:
in 2009, Monsanto’s D&PL business will introduce a new naming
system to help producers better identify promising new cotton varieties
for the Deltapine brand.
The new naming approach uses
a four digit numbering system. The first two numbers indicate the year
the variety was introduced, and the second two numbers show relative
maturity. The uppercase abbreviation at the end of the name will continue
to represent the included trait technology.
Two Deltapine varieties –
DP 0924 B2RF and DP 0935 B2RF – were introduced last summer. 0924
is an early-mid maturity variety that is well adapted to the upper Mid-South.
0935 is a mid-maturing variety that should be well adapted across a
broad spectrum of soils.
Other new Deltapine varieties
are scheduled to be announced at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences in
DP 0924 B2RF
DP 0935 B2RF
is expected to announce several new ‘09 varieties at the Beltwide
Cotton Conferences in January. That announcement will follow Cotton
Agronomic Trials at 140 locations across the Belt in ‘08.
WideStrike cotton continues as a popular choice for producers in the
Mid-South and SE with its two-gene Bt for season-long protection against
a broad spectrum of troublesome worm pests.
PHY 755 WRF
Americot has high hopes for two NexGen varieties slated for
launch in 2009 – NG 3348 B2RF and NG 3410 RF. Both varieties are
targeted for producers in the Southwest and feature high yield potential,
excellent fiber package and good seedling vigor.
The varieties also feature
stormproof qualities and verticilium wilt tolerance traits.
NG 3348 B2RF
NG 3410 RF
This Texas-based seed company will launch five new varieties
in 2009 – three Roundup Ready Flex varieties and two conventional
The family-owned and operated
business began delivering seed to Texas producers in 1974. It also does
custom delinting of cottonseed.
Epic RF 65333
Patriot RF 65018
Orbit RF 65016
This company is the proprietary brand of the farmer-owned,
full-line seed division of Land O’Lakes. Although no new varieties
will be offered in ‘09, five varieties will be offered from last
year because of continued yield success and performance.
two new varieties in 2008 – DG 2400 RF and DG 2570 B2RF –
the company won’t launch any new products in 2009 but will have
a total of eight varieties in its 2009 portfolio.
will offer four varieties in 2008, including one new one – all
geared toward Pima growing conditions in the San Joaquin Valley.
Seed Source Genetics
This company, based in Bishop, Texas, was formerly known as
Seed Tec Genetics. It specializes in cold tolerant varieties for the
northern part of the Cotton Belt.
It will offer six varieties