Deltapine Continues Strong Market Momentum
When USDA says the most widely planted cotton variety in the U.S. for two consecutive years is part of your product lineup, that means you have something special. But the level of success enjoyed by DP 1646 B2XF has even caught the Deltapine staff a little off guard.
“DP 1646 B2XF is one of those varieties that I used to say you get one of in a lifetime,” says Keylon Gholston, Deltapine cotton product manager. “It performs east to west and north to south really well. In fact, it’s gone further north in the Belt than I ever imagined it would when we started looking at it in our New Product Evaluator (NPE) trials. It’s having another really good year this year, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the performance that we’re seeing.”
The same holds true for several other Deltapine B2XF varieties such as DP 1725 B2XF and DP 1518 B2XF, both of which have shown excellent performance this year across multiple environments.
But 2018 saw the launch of Deltapine’s first B3XF varieties as part of the company’s Class of 18. As Gholston explains, these varieties were released to fit particular places across the Cotton Belt, and they have not disappointed.
“For example, DP 1820 B3XF is having an excellent year in Texas and really looks good across the Rolling Plains and into the High Plains,” he says. “DP 1835 B3XF has kind of amazed me at the retention it had. I saw it in a few places in Mississippi and Arkansas where, under some really heavy pressure, it held up tremendously well. The initial yield results so far are really outstanding, and the growers that grew it have been very complimentary of the way it’s looked all year.”
Gholston also complimented the yield and fiber quality seen from DP 1845 B3XF, the overall performance of DP 1851 B3XF along the East Coast, Southeast and lower Mid-South, and the fit for DP 1840 B3XF in tougher dryland and sandier soils in the Southeast and Mid-South.
“One of the shining stars out of the Class of 18 was DP 1823 B2XF,” says Gholston. “It looks extremely good in Georgia and Texas, but it really shines in the north Arkansas/Missouri Bootheel area where root knot nematodes are real heavy. It has a lot of late season plant health to it, and I’ve really been impressed with what I’ve seen out of it this year.”
Next up are the decisions needed to determine the Deltapine Class of 19, which Gholston describes as “chocked full of potential.” Four B3XF varieties – including both early and early-mid maturities – have been widely tested this year in the Mid-South, the Carolinas and Georgia. In addition, two early varieties – one B3XF and one XF – have looked promising in west Texas, especially north of Lubbock into the Panhandle and parts of Oklahoma and Kansas.
“Those should fit dryland acres pretty well, even into those areas of the Panhandle where they’ve lost water and are having trouble growing corn,” points out Gholston. “Both varieties look extremely good in both dryland and irrigated conditions.”
Deltapine expects to announce the Class of 19 varieties during their annual NPE Summit in December.
From Cotton Grower Magazine – November 2018