Growers will have three new cotton varieties from Bayer for the 2016 growing season, including one FiberMax and two Stoneville offerings stacked with proprietary Bayer traits including GlyTol, LibertyLink and TwinLink technologies.
GlyTol and LibertyLink technology traits enable safe, over-the-top applications of glyphosate and Liberty herbicide to manage tough-to-control weeds. The added TwinLink technology provides two Bt genes for season-long protection against lepidopteran pests such as cotton bollworm, pink bollworm and tobacco budworm.
“We’re excited to announce these new FiberMax and Stoneville varieties for 2016, because they expand our current variety portfolio and help address real challenges to production issues that growers face year-to-year on their individual farms,” says Jeff Brehmer, U.S. product manager for FiberMax and Stoneville. “U.S. cotton growers know what they need in challenging, often adverse, conditions. Our goal is to work with them in an ongoing cooperative effort to give them new tools each year to help them realize their maximum profit potential.”
Regional cotton agronomists test new FiberMax and Stoneville varieties annually through Cotton Agronomic Performance (CAP) trials across the Cotton Belt. CAP trials provide on-farm experience so growers and consultants can evaluate how varieties perform across different soil types, geographical regions, farming practices and water-management techniques.
Bayer begins the process of variety development by surveying stakeholders about the production challenges growers face regarding cottonseed varieties. Researchers, breeders and agronomists then work together to develop varieties for improved fiber quality, higher yield potential and increased profits.
The newly-announced varieties are:
- FM 1911GLT is very well adapted to the High Plains of the Southwest. It offers high yield potential with a robust fiber package, plus yield stability across multiple environments with a broad spectrum disease package. Other key benefits include excellent early season vigor, high gin turnout, very good root-knot nematode and Verticillium wilt tolerance, as well as resistance to bacterial blight.
- ST 4848GLT is an early/medium maturing GlyTol LibertyLink TwinLink variety adapted for East Texas, the Mid-South, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. It offers exceptional yield potential, herbicide flexibility and the added benefit of insect protection of TwinLink technology. The variety is easy to manage, with moderately aggressive growth characteristics.
- ST 4949GLT is an early/medium maturing GlyTol LibertyLink TwinLink variety with exceptional yield potential, good fiber quality, and a very high lint percent. Best suited for the Mid-South, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, the variety is easy to manage with moderately aggressive growth characteristics. Early data also suggests the added benefit of intermediate Verticillium wilt tolerance.
“When we introduce new FiberMax and Stoneville varieties to growers, our goal is to provide solutions for their cotton production challenges with options that complement our current cottonseed portfolio,” added Brehmer. “Our researchers and breeders continue to select and improve varieties for water-use efficiency, insect and nematode tolerance, and superior fiber characteristics and yield potential, with the ultimate goal of providing the very best available germplasm on the market for ultimate profitability.”
Source – Bayer