No matter what year it is, U.S. cotton producers always seem to have multiple options when it comes to making decisions on what seed varieties they’ll plant. The 2010 production season won’t be any different.
Here are some updates from several companies:
As expected, Monsanto hopes to raise yield potential with its Deltapine Class of ‘10 varieties. Thirteen variety candidates are being evaluated this season by more than 140 commercial farmers across the Belt. The Class of ‘10 will be introduced by name in December with a more formal introduction at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
For more variety information, producers should go to www.cottoncommunity.com.
The company will announce several additional new varieties at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences. The specific traits of those varieties won’t be known until data has been collected from company trials and Official Variety Trials (OVTs). Of the current offerings, several will be Glytol varieties for the High Plains.
PhytoGen’s WideStrike cotton continues to make inroads into the Southeast and Mid-South with its two-gene Bt for protection against a wide spectrum of worm pests.
PHY 367 WRF
PHY 565 WRF
PHY 525 RF
Americot’s two newest NexGen varieties have raised expectations for Southwest producers, accor-ding to company officials. The varieties have exhibited an excellent fiber package, seedling vigor and verticillium wilt tolerance. Americot continues to develop varieties for the Southwest, Mid-South and Southeast.
NG 3348 B2RF
NG 3410 RF
This family-owned company began delivering seed varieties to Texas producers in 1974 and has established a reputation for quality and reliability. It also does custom delinting of cottonseed.
For 2010, it will offer four new varieties – two conventional, one RR Flex and one RR Flex BG2 variety.
No new varieties will be offered in 2010, but the company will once again have the same five varieties it offered in 2009.
The company will offer five varieties next year, after dropping three from its 2009 portfolio. Officials, however, report that several new varieties will be introduced in time for the start of the 2011 season.
This company will again offer four varieties in 2010, just as it did in 2009. All four varieties are geared toward Pima producers in the San Joaquin Valley.
SEED SOURCE GENETICS
This company, based in Texas, was formerly known as Seed Tec Genetics. It specializes in cold-tolerant varieties for the northern Cotton Belt. It will offer the same six varieties it had in 2009.