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Ramey Stiles grows PhytoGen® brand varieties on mostly irrigated land in Lee County, Arkansas. Here, he recounts his experience with the vigor, yield and quality of PhytoGen brand PHY 330 W3FE, PHY 340 W3FE, PHY 320 W3FE, PHY 350 W3FE and PHY 430 W3FE. He depends on the Enlist™ weed control system to eliminate glyphosate-resistant Palmer pigweed and WideStrike® 3 Insect Protection to keep bollworms out of his fields.
“All of our cotton came up with good seedling vigor this year. We have come to expect that with the PhytoGen varieties. I’m really excited about PHY 430 W3FE. This variety performs well on good dirt as well as thinner ground. It seems to fit everywhere. It’s not all ginned and classed yet, but it looks very good from the round module counts in fields planted to that variety.
“Overall, we’ve harvested and ginned about one-third of our crop, and so far we’ve had no high mic discounts. Fiber length, uniformity and strength are good, and we are really pleased with more than 40 percent gin turnout. We received twice our normal rainfall in September, which resulted in instances of boll rot and hard lock. Despite these issues, we are headed for close to a 2½ bale crop, and we are happy with that.
“We apply residuals and a tankmix of Enlist One and Liberty herbicides, which has been very effective against glyphosate-resistant Palmer pigweed, especially if you catch them early. Enlist One has very low volatility, and I am mindful of the wind to avoid physical drift. Being able to spray Enlist One without having to worry about off-target movement makes our weed control program very easy and effective.
“We also have confidence in WideStrike 3 to control worms. We had a big moth flight and heavy egg lay this year and didn’t have to spray for worms at all. WideStrike 3 saved us from having to make that expensive application.
“Based on what I have seen so far, I intend to plant PHY 350 W3FE as well as more PHY 430 W3FE in 2019. It’s going to be a good one.”