The 2020 Tennessee Cotton Variety Trial Results publication (PB 1742) is now available online. Included within these results are nine large strip trials (CSTs) testing 15 XtendFlex commercial varieties, five large strip trials (CSTs) testing five Enlist commercial varieties and six small plot trials (OVTs) testing 44 experimental and commercial varieties.
As you look through these results, you will likely see what appears to be a “changing of the guard.” Several of our go-to varieties, which have captured the majority of our acres in the past several years, did not perform as well as some of the newer varieties.
While we still need a little more experience with most of these new varieties, I’m excited about their potential — clearly, breeders within the industry are making improvements and that is always exciting to experience.
Be sure to pay close attention to planting date and recall that we did not accumulate the heat units through the fall of 2020 that we’ve been able to catch over the past several years.
The University of Tennessee contributed this article.