2007 Seed Outlook

Without question, the most fluid of the agricultural inputs sector has been the, for lack of a better word, “shuffling” that has taken place and is taking place. But equally without question, varieties are improving to meet (1) the yield demands of growers and (2) the quality demands of domestic and international buyers.

This past season saw the introduction of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Flex technology that has widened the window of application from what it was with Roundup Ready. And Monsanto’s Bollgard II trait is the second generation of the Bollgard Bt technology.

Dow/PhytoGen’s WideStrike is a an insect protection trait that includes two Bt genes for wider control of lepidopteran pests.

The LibertyLink trait from Bayer CropScience/FiberMax allows the use of Ignite herbicide, and it entered its third year of availability this past season in FiberMax’s more established varieties and in new releases. Ignite is an excellent tool in battling glyphosate resistance.

Delta and Pine Land Co.

DELTA AND PINE is the world’s largest seed company and continues to boast the world’s No. 1 variety: The “Triple Nickel” – DP 555. New variety releases in 2007 will focus on Roundup Ready Flex and Bollgard II traits. Product descriptions have been provided by Delta and Pine Land Co.

D&PL Field Days

North Carolina
Cotton varieties from Delta and Pine Land Company are not only making the consistent yields U.S. cotton producers need, but they are also delivering fiber quality in demand by the international textile mill industry. That was the message delivered at the 2006 D&PL media event held recently at Edens Farms in Hoke County, NC.
“Leading D&PL varieties such as DP 555 BG/RR and DP 444 BG/RR have consistently demonstrated outstanding yield performance,” said Dr. Dave Albers, vice president of D&PL Technical Services. “And if you look closely at the U.S. market share figures and production numbers from the USDA, you begin to realize that fiber quality from D&PL varieties is also very acceptable by foreign mills.”
According to USDA, approximately 50% of the U.S. cotton acres are being planted to D&PL varieties. Based on 2005 USDA average production and export figures, D&PL varieties produced 11.7 million bales.

Texas
At the D&PL Cotton Field Day in Lorenzo, TX , D&PL cotton varieties for the Southwest proved their potential for excellent fiber quality.
The event was held at the farm of producer-cooperator Steve Chapman in Crosby County, where D&PL cotton varieties were put to the test in pivot- and drip-irrigated no-till fields, and in non-irrigated situations. The tour focused on four exciting Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex varieties that will be in full-commercial launch in 2007, as well as proven varieties for West Texas such as DP 445 BG/RR and DP 455 BG/RR.
D&PL anticipates having good supply of DP 117 B2RF, DP 143 B2RF and DP 164 B2RF for 2007. DP 143 B2RF has shown potential to perform well – with high yields and good fiber quality – in a variety of growing systems. DP 164 B2RF is producing some outstanding yields this year in the Texas High Plains region, despite the drought and high temperatures. D&PL will also have a supply of PM 2140 B2RF, a very-early maturing variety developed in the D&PL research program located in Haskell, Texas.

DP 117 B2RF
This Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex variety is a new 2007 release.
Maturity: Early
Leaf Type: Hairy
Plant Type: Medium-Tall
Staple: 1.16
Strength: 32.1
Micronaire: 4.3

DP 143 B2RF
This Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex selection is a new 2007 release.
Maturity: Mid-Full
Leaf Type: Semi-Smooth
Plant Type: Medium
Staple: 1.19
Strength: 29.8
Micronaire: 4.1

DP 164 B2RF
This Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex product is a new release for 2007.
Maturity: Mid-Full
Leaf Type: Smooth
Plant Type: Medium-Tall
Staple: 1.18
Strength: 30.7
Micronaire: 4.2

DP 515 BG/RR
This Bollgard II/Roundup Ready variety is a new release in 2007.
Maturity: Mid-Full
Leaf Type: Semi-Smooth
Plant Type: Tall
Staple: 1.13
Strength: 30.4
Micronaire: 4.4

DP 444 BG/RR
This Bollgard/Roundup Ready variety is America’s No. 2 most popular.
Maturity: Early
Leaf Type: Semi-Smooth
Plant Type: Medium-Tall
Staple: 1.13
Strength: 30.1
Micronaire: 4.1

DP 445 BG/RR
This Bollgard/Roundup Ready variety is a top-performer, capturing more acreage due to its outstanding potential for both yield and fiber quality.
Maturity: Early-Mid
Leaf Type: Semi-Smooth
Plant Type: Medium
Staple: 1.14
Strength: 31.4
Micronaire: 4.3

DP 454 BG/RR
A Bollgard/Roundup Ready selection that was commercially launched in 2006.
Maturity: Mid
Leaf Type: Hairy
Plant Type: Tall
Staple: 1.11
Strength: 30.2
Micronaire: 4.0

DP 455 BG/RR
A Bollgard/Roundup Ready release with outstanding potential for both yield and fiber quality.
Maturity: Mid
Leaf Type: Smooth
Plant Type: Tall
Staple: 1.14
Strength: 31.2
Micronaire: 4.1

DP 555 BG/RR
“Triple Nickel” has been America’s No. 1 cotton variety for the past three seasons, due to its consistent top-end yield performance. It is stacked with the Bollgard and the Roundup Ready traits.
Maturity: Mid-Full
Leaf Type: Smooth
Plant Type: Very Tall
Staple: 1.12
Strength: 29.8
Micronaire: 4.4

DP 432 RR
This is a Roundup Ready variety that is popular for refuge and non-refuge acres.
Maturity: Early
Leaf Type: Hairy
Plant Type: Medium-Tall
Staple: 1.16
Strength: 30.5
Micronaire: 4.4

DP 434 RR
This is a Roundup Ready variety that is also popular for refuge and non-refuge acres.
Maturity: Early
Leaf Type: Smooth
Plant Type: Medium-Tall
Staple: 1.16
Strength: 29.1
Micronaire: 4.4

Bayer CropScience

BAYER CROPSCIENCE continued its introduction of LibertyLink varieties, some stacked with Bollgard II. LibertyLink was the first true option for cotton growers with a wide window of weed control. The application window of LibertyLink/Ignite is limited only by a 70-day preharvest interval. Cotton is not otherwise affected any time during the season with an application of Ignite. In 2005, FiberMax became the leading vehicle for Bollgard II technology in the U.S. FM 960 B2R is the No. 1 variety on the High Plains, evidence that growers there are accepting Bollgard II technology. In addition to the established FiberMax varieties, introductory quantities of the following varieties will be available: FM 1735LLB2, FM 1835LLB2, FM 835LLB2, FM 1600LL, FM 1800LL, FM 9180B2F, FM 1740B2F, FM 1840B2F and FM 840B2F. Variety descriptions listed have been provided by Bayer CropScience.

FM 960 B2R
This is a Bollgard II/Roundup Ready variety that was the No. 1 variety on the High Plains in 2006.
Maturity: Medium-Full
Leaf Type: Smooth
Plant Type: Medium-Short
Staple: 37
Strength: 34
Micronaire: 3.5-4.9

FM 9063 B2F
This is a Bollgard II/Roundup Ready selection that has wide adaptation throughout Texas and the Mid-South.
Maturity: Early-Medium
Leaf Type: Smooth
Plant Type: Medium-Short/Slightly Bushy
Staple: Long
Strength: Very Strong
Micronaire: Base

FM 1880B2F
A Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex variety, adapted to areas east of Texas.
Maturity: Medium
Leaf Type: Smooth
Plant Type: Medium-Tall/Vigorous
Staple: Very Long
Strength: Very Strong
Micronaire: Base

FM 800B2R
An okra-leaf Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex selection well adapted to heavy soils.
Maturity: Medium-Full
Leaf Type: Smooth
Plant Type: Medium-Tall/Vigorous
Staple: Very Long
Strength: Very Strong
Micronaire: Base (fine)

FM 989B2R
A Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex variety with good tolerance to Verticillium wilt.
Maturity: Medium-Medium Full
Leaf Type: Smooth
Plant Type: Medium-Tall/Vigorous
Staple: Intermediate Long
Strength: Strong
Micronaire: Base

FM 955LLB2
A LibertyLink/Bollgard II release that is well adapted to the Texas Southern High Plains, South Texas and the Missouri Bootheel.
Maturity: Early
Leaf Type: Smooth
Plant Type: Short/Compact
Staple: Long
Strength: Strong
Micronaire: Base

FM 988LLB2
A LibertyLink/Bollgard II variety that is well adapted to the Southern Rolling Plains and Southeast.
Maturity: Medium-Full
Leaf Type: Smooth
Plant Type: Medium/Cluster
Staple: Long
Strength: Strong
Micronaire: Base

FM 832LL
Another okra-leaf LibertyLink selection with good water-use efficiency, vigorous growth and excellent adaptation.
Maturity: Medium-Full
Leaf Type: Okra
Plant Type: Medium-Tall/Vigorous
Staple: Long
Strength: Strong
Micronaire: Base

Stoneville/NexGen from Monsanto

STONEVILLE AND NEXGEN will enhance their product lineup with five new products for 2007 that offer high-yield potential and excellent fiber quality to meet the needs of cotton growers. Stoneville’s new products build on the successful performance of ST 4554B2RF, the most widely used Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex product grown in the United States for 2006. Variety descriptions listed have been provided by Monsanto.

ST 4427B2RF
A new Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex product that combines great yield potential and broad adaptation.
Maturity: Early/Mid
Leaf Type: Hairy
Plant Type: Medium
Staple: 36
Strength: 28
Micronaire: 4.1

ST 5327B2RF
A versatile Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex product that can be grown under a wide range of environments.
Maturity: Medium
Leaf Type: Semi-Smooth
Plant Type: Medium
Staple: 36
Strength: 29
Micronaire: 4.2

ST 5283RF
A new Roundup Ready Flex product that has demonstrated the ability for high yield potential across a broad area.
Maturity: Medium
Leaf Type: Semi-Smooth
Plant Type: Medium
Staple: 36
Strength: 30
Micronaire: 4.2

ST 6565B2RF
A Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex variety with premium fiber quality and exceptional yield.
Maturity: Full
Leaf Type: Smooth
Plant Type: Tall
Staple: 37
Strength: 29
Micronaire: 4.3

NG 1572RF
A new Roundup Ready Flex variety that has great yield potential, excellent storm tolerance and very good fiber quality. Because of the storm tolerance characteristic, NG 1572RF is a great fit for the High Plains of Texas.
Maturity: Early
Leaf Type: Hairy
Plant Type: Short
Staple: 36
Strength: 26
Micronaire: 3.0

PhytoGen Cottonseed/Dow AgroSciences

PHYTOGEN placed an emphasis on bringing new varieties to the market with the WideStrike insect-protection trait … and did so in its most popular varieties. Some are stacked with the Roundup Ready and Roundup Ready Flex traits. Variety descriptions listed have been provided by PhytoGen.

PHY 370 WR
A WideStrike/Roundup Ready variety with broad adaptation and high yield potential.
Maturity: Early
Leaf Type: Semi-Smooth
Boll Type: Open
Staple: 1.11
Strength: 30.3
Micronaire: 4.5

PHY 470 WR
A WideStrike/Roundup Ready selection with broad adaptation.
Maturity: Early-Mid
Leaf Type: Hairy
Boll Type: Open
Staple: 1.13
Strength: 30.0
Micronaire: 4.4

PHY 480 WR
Another WideStrike/Roundup Ready variety with broad adaptation.
Maturity: Early-Mid
Leaf Type: Hairy
Boll Type: Open
Staple: 1.13
Strength: 30.8
Micronaire: 4.4

PHY 485 WRF
A WideStrike variety that is stacked with the Roundup Ready Flex trait.
Maturity: Early-Mid
Leaf Type: Semi-Smooth
Boll Type: Open
Staple: 1.13
Strength: 30.8
Micronaire: 4.6

PHY 125 RF
A Roundup Ready Flex stripper variety with excellent yield potential.
Maturity: Early-Mid
Leaf Type: Semi-Smooth
Boll Type: Stripper
Staple: 1.10
Strength: 30.2
Micronaire: 4.3

Croplan Genetics

After a limited launch in 2006, CROPLAN GENETICS expects a full roll-out of three varieties in 2007. The varieties come from elite germplasm and are early- to mid-maturity picker- types. Variety descriptions listed have been provided by CROPLAN GENETICS, the seed division of Land O’Lakes, Inc.

CG 3020B2RF
A widely adapted Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex picker variety.
Maturity: Very Early
Leaf Type: Smooth
Plant Type: Medium
Staple: 36.8
Strength: 27.4
Micronaire: 4.2

CG 3520B2RF
A widely adapted Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex picker variety.
Maturity: Early
Leaf Type: Semi-Smooth
Plant Type: Medium
Staple: 37.8
Strength: 27.4
Micronaire: 4.2

CG 4020B2RF
A widely adapted Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex picker variety.
Maturity: Early-Medium
Leaf Type: Smooth
Plant Type: Medium/Tall
Staple: 38.1
Strength: 28.7
Micronaire: 4.2

Beltwide Cotton Genetics

BELTWIDE COTTON GENETICS, LLC will offer two new multiple stacked Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex products in 2007. Limited quantities of BW-3220B2F and BW-3552B2F will be available. Variety descriptions have been provided by Beltwide Cotton Genetics.

BW-3220B2F
Stacked with the Bollgard II and Roundup Ready Flex traits.
Maturity: Medium
Leaf Type: Semi-Smooth
Staple: 36-38
Strength: 32-34
Micronaire: 3.9-4.5

BW-3552B2F
Stacked with the Bollgard II and Roundup Ready Flex traits.
Maturity: Early-Medium
Leaf Type: Semi-Smooth
Staple: 36-38
Strength: 30-20
Micronaire: 3.7-4.2

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