Since 2008, farmers across the Cotton Belt have been invited to participate in the Deltapine New Product Evaluator Program. The goal is for them to evaluate variety candidates on large-acre plots under their own management systems and field conditions.
The NPE producers determine how to best grow these varieties based on soil type and other conditions representative of the region in which they are located. The farmers record how the varieties perform through the season and also provide feedback to the company about yield and quality at the end of the year after the variety candidates are harvested.
Deltapine takes all the data into consideration to determine which varieties to bring to market. In December, Deltapine personnel and NPE growers come together at a summit where the new class of commercial varieties is announced.
Once the announcement is made, farmer awards are presented in various categories to commemorate their achievements during the growing season. One of the categories is the High Yield Award that goes to the farmers who report the highest yield for each of the new Deltapine commercial varieties.
Congratulations to all of the Class of 19 winners!