Cotton producers have two new variety choices to plant in 2012, and, as most observers would readily agree, it’s a win-win situation for all parties. Bayer CropScience is releasing one FiberMax variety and one Stoneville variety.
The new varieties are FM 1944GLB2 and ST 5445LLB2. Both should help in producers’ ongoing efforts to control glyphosate-resistant weeds, according to Bayer officials. In addition to broad adaptability across the Belt, the two varieties include GlyTol, Bayer’s glyphosate-tolerant technology that was launched in 2011, and the LibertyLink trait technology with full tolerance to Ignite herbicide. Following is a more specific breakdown of each variety:
ST 5445LLB2 – This is a high-yielding Liberty Link Bollgard II variety that has similar characteristics to ST 5458B2F. It is a mid-maturing variety and has a wide geographic adaptation and high yield potential. It is also recommended for fields infested with weed resistance.
FM 1944GLB2 – This is the first GlyTol LibertyLink Bollgard II stacked variety with adaptation for the eastern region of the Cotton Belt. It also has a strong Southwest fit. While FM 1944GLB2 is similar to FM 1740B2F, which is more suited in the East, it has a slightly later maturity along with improved yield potential and fiber quality.
“FM 1740B2F is a strong variety and continues to work well across the Belt,” says Jeff Brehmer, marketing manager for FiberMax and Stoneville. “However, FM 1944GLB2 allows Ignite to be sprayed over the top, has improved fiber quality and equal-to-or-better yield than FM 1740B2F.”
Farmer’s Perspective On ST 4145LLB2
Mississippi Delta producer Justin Cariker participated in a special press conference last month announcing the launch of the two new varieties. He already had some experience with another Stoneville variety in 2011 – ST 4145LLB2 – and liked how it performed on 200 acres.
The fact that the variety could do so well in the midst of unusual weather conditions in the Delta impressed Cariker. In the northern Delta where Cariker farms near Tunica, Miss., the region was subjected to record-breaking drought and heat, as well as flooding from the Mississippi River.
“I became sold on ST 4145LLB2 last year,” says Cariker. “I was actually surprised at how well it did. It was one of the hottest and driest summers on record, and we still wound up making 1,300 pounds per acre. I think this particular variety can handle just about any kind of adversity and still have time to come back and deliver a good yield.”
For more information, visit www.fibermax.com or www.stoneville.com or call (866) 992-2937.
Bayer CropScience contributed information for this article.