The new Deltapine® Class of 19 includes three cotton varieties targeted for the southwestern markets of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
DP 1908 B3XF and DP 1909 XF were both developed in the Deltapine West Texas breeding and testing programs. They have shown good early vigor and are early-maturing, smooth-leaf varieties with resistance to bacterial blight. Both varieties have excellent fiber quality potential and are adapted for the Northern High Plains and Panhandle markets of Texas, as well as Oklahoma and Kansas.
“When we made investments to enhance and broaden the cotton breeding program based in Lubbock more than 10 years ago, a goal was to develop varieties to fulfill the needs of growers in the very-early-maturity markets of the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma and Kansas,” said Keylon Gholston, Deltapine Cotton Product Manager. “Our breeders are doing an excellent job of bringing forth varieties meeting the maturity and performance needs of growers in the Texas Panhandle, and these two products are good examples.”
Deltapine cotton breeders located in the Lone Star State have been working on breeding new varieties that will perform on the tough, limited-water acres that are prevalent in Texas.
DP 1948 B3XF is a new, mid-full-maturity variety with a moderate resistance to bacterial blight that has demonstrated good yield potential, especially in the tough growing conditions of Texas.
DP 1948 B3XF is similar to DP 1646 B2XF, showing the ability to elevate performance in low-yield environments. This variety, which offers Bollgard® 3 technology for added protection against cotton bollworms, is well adapted to the markets of South Texas, Rolling Plains and Southern High Plains.
All three new varieties feature XtendFlex® technology as part of the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System, making them tolerant to three modes of action for flexible and effective weed management. Two of the three varieties offer Bollgard 3 technology for improved protection against lepidopteran pests.
In the Deltapine New Product Evaluator Program (NPE), each variety candidate being evaluated must demonstrate a combination of improved yield, fiber quality, agronomics and trait technology before it can be commercially named; the Class of 19 is no exception. All new Deltapine varieties announced in the Class of 19 were evaluated by Deltapine NPE growers, who grew them in module-sized or larger plots under their own management styles and growing conditions.
“The commitment we made to NPE growers when we started this program in 2008 was that we would only commercialize a variety if it performed as well as, or better than, current Deltapine varieties on the market in terms of yield, fiber quality, trait technology or disease package,” said Gholston. “Over the past decade, I think we’ve done a great job of living up to that commitment with our new varieties.”
Looking ahead, Deltapine NPE growers will evaluate candidates for the Class of 20 cotton varieties, a class that has shown potential for yield enhancements over today’s standards, as well as more disease tolerances for Texas growers.
Since it began in 2008, the Deltapine NPE Program has become the cotton industry’s premier field evaluation program, resulting in the commercialization of some of the top-planted varieties by growing region across the Belt. For more on the Deltapine Class of 19 cotton varieties and the NPE Program, visit Deltapine.com/Classof19.