Maximize yield and quality potential of cottonseed with industry-leading traits from PhytoGen

Under extreme verticillium wilt pressure, PhytoGen® brand PHY 243 WRF (left) outperformed the non-tolerant variety (right) by 526 pounds in the PhytoGen breeding trial near Halfway, Texas. Growers can choose from 10 PhytoGen brand varieties that provide good-to-excellent verticillium wilt tolerance.

The latest lineup of PhytoGen® brand varieties offers growers more in-plant protection options to help cotton thrive, protect quality and optimize yields.

“Trait technologies and native traits are important to cotton growers because of one big concept: yield protection,” says Chris Main, Ph.D., PhytoGen cotton development specialist, Midsouth.

Main explains that cottonseed has its highest yield potential the day it goes into the ground. Whatever happens to it throughout the season can rob it of that potential.

“Anytime you have a technology trait or native trait incorporated with the seed, it’s going to help farmers outbest their best and bring home the yield and profit they are looking for,” Main says.

PhytoGen researchers have spent years selecting for naturally occurring traits that confer a high level of tolerance to diseases that plague cotton growers. Farmers now can choose from numerous PhytoGen brand Upland varieties with in-plant protection against soilborne and foliar diseases, such as:

  • 12 varieties with bacterial blight resistance
  • 10 varieties with good-to-excellent verticillium wilt tolerance
  • 2 varieties with root-knot nematode (RKN) resistance

PhytoGen also offers Pima varieties with tolerance to Fusarium Race 4.

Additional protection is in the works. Starting with new releases in 2018, many more PhytoGen brand varieties will carry two RKN-resistant genes, providing better tolerance to RKN pressure. PhytoGen brand varieties also are being developed to better tolerate reniform nematode and various environmental stresses, such as drought.

Now with the latest technology
All new PhytoGen® brand varieties also contain WideStrike® 3 Insect Protection, the first three-gene insect trait technology offering improved protection against cotton bollworm.

“Performance of WideStrike 3 across the Cotton Belt has been phenomenal,” Main says. “Growers and consultants have told us that in fields where they have two technologies planted, they can tell — to the row — where WideStrike 3 begins.”

PhytoGen cottonseed with the new Enlist™ cotton trait (designated by W3FE) provides tolerance to Enlist Duo® herbicide — a combination of new 2,4-D choline and glyphosate — as well as glufosinate to help eliminate tough-to-control and resistant weeds.

“There are multiple applications you can make with multiple modes of action that will help to control very tough-to-control weeds, including those that are resistant to glyphosate.” Main says.

For more about yield protection traits available from PhytoGen, growers can access PhytoGen.com, newly optimized for computers, smartphones and tablets.

®PhytoGen and the PhytoGen Logo are trademarks of PhytoGen Seed Company, LLC. ®™DOW Diamond, Enlist, Enlist Duo and WideStrike are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. The Enlist weed control system is owned and developed by Dow AgroSciences LLC. Enlist Duo herbicide is not registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your area. Always read and follow label directions. PhytoGen Seed Company is a joint venture between Mycogen Corporation, an affiliate of Dow AgroSciences LLC, and the J.G. Boswell Company.

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