Bayer CropScience has announced seven new FiberMax and Stoneville cotton varieties for the 2014 season.
Four new varieties contain new TwinLink technology stacked with GlyTol LibertyLink technology to create a GlyTol LibertyLink TwinLink (GLT) trait. That trait package contains two Bt genes for season-long protection against lepidopteran pests, plus the option for over-the-top applications of Liberty herbicide and glyphosate.
Bayer CropScience currently is the only company that offers cotton varieties with stacked herbicide trait technology for applications of herbicides at full labeled rates without injury to the crop. The GlyTol LibertyLink technology is available in 13 FiberMax and Stoneville varieties of varying maturities and adaptation across the Cotton Belt.
“Cotton growers want high-yielding, high-quality varieties with traits that give them flexibility to control the yield-robbing pests in their field, whether those are hard-to-control weeds or worms,” said Jeff Brehmer, U.S. product manager for FiberMax and Stoneville cotton. “Our newest FiberMax and Stoneville varieties provide the best germplasm with the latest proprietary traits from Bayer CropScience.”
New FiberMax varieties available in 2014 include:
FM 1830GLT and FM 2334GLT offer the GLT trait package. Both varieties offer excellent yield potential and fiber quality with the added benefit of Verticillium wilt tolerance. Adapted for the High Plains, FM 1830GLT has an early-medium maturity, and FM 2334GLT has a medium maturity. FM 2334GLT has very similar characteristics to FM 2484B2F, with the added benefit of two herbicide modes of action and even better fiber quality.
FM 1320GL and FM 2322GL have the GlyTol LibertyLink (GL) traits for adaptation in areas of the High Plains. FM 1320GL has a very early maturity – the earliest offered from FiberMax – with excellent yield potential and good fiber quality. FM 2322GL is a medium-maturing variety with excellent yield potential and outstanding fiber quality.
New Stoneville varieties available in 2014 include:
ST 5032GLT and ST 5289GLT also offer the GLT trait package. ST 5032GLT has an early-medium maturity with strong yield potential and excellent fiber quality and complements ST 4946GLB2 and FM 1944GLB2 in cotton-growing regions east of the Mississippi River. ST 5289GLT is a medium-maturing variety similar to ST 5288B2F, the top variety planted in the south Delta last season. ST 5289GLT has excellent yield potential, especially on marginal soil types, and good fiber quality.
ST 4747GLB2 has the GlyTol LibertyLink Bollgard II trait package for full tolerance to both Liberty herbicide and glyphosate, plus two Bt genes for effective management of major worm pests. ST 4747GLB2 has a broad adaptation with one of the earliest maturities in the Stoneville portfolio. With two years in the Cotton Agronomic Performance (CAP) trials, ST 4747GLB2 sets new yield standards in the Mid-South, Southeast, Carolinas and Virginia for an early season variety, with improved fiber length and micronaire in the Stoneville brand.
For more information on how these and other FiberMax and Stoneville cotton seed varieties can work on the farm, growers can contact their regional agronomist, visit the FiberMax and Stoneville websites, talk to their local Bayer CropScience representative, or call 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937).
Source – Bayer CropScience