Deltapine Launches 14th NPE Season With 11 Varieties
The Deltapine New Product Evaluator Program kicks off its 14th season with NPE growers evaluating cotton variety candidates containing ThryvOn Technology. This is the industry’s first cotton biotech trait to protect against feeding damage from tarnished plant bug and thrips species.
“Also being evaluated this season is a set of Bollgard 3 XtendFlex technology candidates in new genetics that bring variances across the board,” says Keylon Gholston, Deltapine cotton product manager. “But they all bring high yield potential equal to, or better than DP 1646 B2XF.”
Mid-South and Southeast NPE growers will evaluate four candidates in the mid- to mid-full maturity range. NPE growers in the Southwest will evaluate three Bollgard 3 XtendFlex technology candidates.
“These variety candidates are from a unique set of germplasm that will be very different from what growers, especially in West Texas, currently have in a Deltapine bag,” Gholston says.
Deltapine NPE growers will also evaluate two Bollgard 3 XtendFlex technology variety candidates showing resistance to root-knot nematode and an XtendFlex technology-only candidate in the Southwest.
FiberMax One Ton Club Celebrates Top Cotton Farmers
Now in its 16th year, BASF continues to celebrate cotton growers who achieve four-bale or greater yields as part of the FiberMax One Ton Club. Seventy-eight members across Texas, New Mexico and California qualified for the club this year. Total membership 1,215.
While members and their families were not able to celebrate in person due to the pandemic, their achievements were acknowledged through a video highlighting the families that make up the One Ton Club. Mark Howard of H Bar H Farms in Dalhart, Texas, shares his family’s tradition of growing FiberMax cotton and talks about the affect the club has had.
“The One Ton Club is an honor, and it’s a thrill to be able to grow that kind of cotton,” says Howard, who is in his sixth year of the club. “Cotton is challenging; it’s a crop that has risks, but also your best rewards. So, it’s great to see and celebrate the success of your peers as part of the One Ton Club.”
Several members also received special awards in five categories:
• Highest yield and highest gross value: Apple Creek Farms Inc., in Garden City, Texas, harvested an average yield of 2,538.52 pounds per acre with FM 2398GLTP, and earned a gross value of $1,451.53 per acre.
• Most acres and most varieties: H Bar H Farms in Dalhart, Texas, harvested an average yield of 2,099.52 pounds per acre on 431 acres with FM 1621GL, FM 1888GL and FM 2398GLTP.
• Highest loan value: Kendall and Ruthie Holdeman in Saragosa, Texas, garnered $0.5732 on their qualifying acres with FM 2574GLT.
“There is a unique quality to the One Ton Club member that makes this group of cotton growers so special: toughness,” says Rachel Walters, cottonseed marketing manager at BASF.
Amvac To Acquire Herbicide From Syngenta
American Vanguard Corp.’s principal operating subsidiary, Amvac Chemical Corp., has entered into agreements with Syngenta Crop Protection LLC to acquire rights to Envoke herbicide. The acquisition includes end-use product registrations and trademarks for the herbicide in the United States.
Envoke contains the active ingredient, trifloxysulfuron-sodium, a Weed Science Society of America Group 2. The herbicide is registered to control several broadleaf weeds, sedges and grasses in cotton, sugarcane and transplanted tomatoes.
New Website Streamlines Flood Irrigation Resources
A new online resource is helping agricultural producers find technologies to improve water conservation on irrigated land. The Mississippi State University Extension Service is among four land-grant universities collaborating on the webpage, which is available at http://surfaceirrigation.extension.msstate.edu. The page hosts dozens of publications and videos related to irrigation, as well as product demonstrations.
“One-third of irrigated acres nationally remain under flood systems for any number of hydrologic, agricultural and economic reasons,” says Drew Gholson, an assistant MSU Extension professor and irrigation specialist based at the MSU Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville. “It is important to not overlook flood systems and to foster efforts towards improving water conservation in these systems.”
Oklahoma State University, the University of California and Utah State University collaborate with MSU on the project. It is supported by the Conservation Innovation Grants program under the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Resources Conservation Service.
EPA Approves Fungicide Premix With Nonotechnology
The Environmental Protection Agency has registered AZterknot fungicide from Vive Crop Protection for use on a wide array of crops, including corn, cotton, peanuts, rice and soybeans.
It is a premix of a traditional strobilurin fungicide, azoxystrobin, and a biological, an extract of the plant Reynoutria sachalinensis. They are delivered using Allosperse, a proprietary nano-polymer technology developed by Vive that allows previously incompatible products to be mixed and applied in one application, reducing fuel, time and water use, according to a news release.
Nanoparticles used as carriers improve uptake, solubility and product stability and reduce soil leaching, among other benefits.