Almost everyone connected to the cotton industry will say that variety selection is one of the most important, if not the most important decisions a cotton producer will make each year. The November issue of Cotton Farming contains the 2013 Seed Variety Guide, which also can be viewed at www.cottonfarming.com. One of the highlights of the guide is calling attention to “the new kids on the block.”
As Mississippi Extension cotton specialist, Darrin Dodds, mentioned in his December remarks, most producers use the winter months “to review as much variety trial data as possible.” By now, they probably have made their choices. Following is a sampling of what our readers who participated in the February Web Poll had to say about variety selection for 2013:
• “How many pounds of cotton I get per acre-inch of water is what I look for in a variety. Water use efficiency continues to climb.”
• “Hoping prices will make a run more towards 2011 values in order to make cotton more viable on my farm for 2013.”
• “Higher yields are the most important thing to me followed by quality.”
• “We will see a better market for products this year because there will be better demands. Last year’s production was the best year.”
• “In order to survive through these drought conditions, we MUST have higher yields with decreased inputs!”
• “I look for cotton varieties that can handle the North Carolina humid temperatures and will perform well in low- yielding fields.”
The results of the March Web Poll will be reported in the Cotton Farming April issue.
Web Poll Results
As the upcoming season draws near, what is your greatest
expectation from the new varieties being offered for 2013?
• Higher yields – 62 %
• Improved quality characteristics – 23 %
• Decreased inputs – 10 %
• Increased marketability – 5 %
March Web Poll Question
The following three choices, to which of these areas would you make adjustments this year? Explain why in the “Comments” section.
(1) Planting date
(2) Weed control program
(3) Something related to harvest
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