With increased acres and record breaking prices, seed companies are optimistic that cotton farmers will have plenty of options when they make their seed variety choices for the new season.
Here is a summary of what some of the companies will offer:
Monsanto will introduce its 2011 varieties at a special event in Savannah, Ga., on Dec. 10. As has been the case for several years, new variety candidates were evaluated by commercial farmers across the Belt. After the introduction in December, a more formal event will be scheduled at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences in January in Atlanta, Ga.
The company will commercialize its GlyTol glyphosate-tolerant technology in FiberMax varieties for Southwest cotton producers in 2011. In addition, several new Liberty Link Bollgard II varieties are being tested for the Mid-South and Southeast. Additional information will be released in January of 2011.
PhytoGen will add two new upland WideStrike varieties to its portfolio as it continues to offer Mid-South and Southeast producers additional options for protection against a wide spectrum of worm pests.
PHY 499 WRF
PHY 569 WRF
Americot will introduce three NexGen varieties for the 2011 season as this Texas-based company continues to develop varieties for the Southwest, Mid-South and Southeast regions of the Belt.
NG 4010 B2RF
NG 4012 B2RF
NG 4111 RF
This Texas seed company was established in 1974 and will introduce six new varieties in 2011. Included in this group will be one RR Flex variety, three RR Flex/BG II varieties and two conventional varieties.
The company’s five existing varieties will again be available in 2011, but one new variety may be launched next year in the High Plains area of Texas.
This company will offer the same five varieties it offered in 2009 as well as new Roundup Ready Flex/Bollgard II variety.
DG 2450 B2RF
This company, based in Israel, will offer five varieties and most are geared toward Pima producers in the San Joaquin Valley of California.
SEED SOURCE GENETICS
This Texas-based company was formerly known as Seed Tec Genetics. It specializes in cold-tolerant varieties and will offer six varieties for the 2011 growing season.
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