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, and the new Deltapine Class of 19 includes such a product.
DP 1948 B3XF is a new, mid-full-maturity variety with a moderate resistance to bacterial blight and good yield potential, especially in the tough growing conditions of Texas. Similar to DP 1646 B2XF, this new variety has shown the ability to elevate performance in low-yield environments. This
variety demonstrated excellent fiber quality in 2018 New Product Evaluator (NPE) plots.
DP 1948 B3XF offers Bollgard® 3 technology for added protection against cotton bollworms, and it is well adapted to the markets of South Texas, Rolling Plains and Southern High Plains. It is a good companion product to DP 1646 B2XF, offering similar yield and fiber quality potential. The new variety also features XtendFlex® technology as part of the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System, which gives it tolerance to three modes of action for flexible and effective weed management.
In the Deltapine NPE Program, 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 four 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 Keylon Gholston, Deltapine cotton Product Manager. “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.