Strong Cotton means high-yielding genetics protected by superior technology, resulting in the potential for growers to produce more pounds of high-quality fiber per acre, season after season.
Deltapine® offers Strong Cotton for Texas, which is made possible, in part, by Monsanto’s continued investment in the breeding program. This investment has resulted in step changes in both yield and fiber quality potential over the last decade. Today’s leading Deltapine varieties for Texas give farmers the combination they need to maximize profit potential. They are the only cotton varieties tested and proven to perform by New Product Evaluator (NPE) growers located across Texas and the entire Cotton Belt.
“When it comes to Strong Cotton, in addition to having high yield potential and great fiber quality, a key part of it, especially for Texas growing markets, is stability,” said Dr. David Albers, Product Development Manager, Cotton Germplasm at Monsanto. “Strong Cotton has to be very consistent in its performance, as you run into different environments, across different soil textures, planting windows, etc. Cotton farmers need varieties that provide good, stable performance across a variety of those situations.”
In addition to varieties today combining performance with industry-leading pest traits like Bollgard II® XtendFlex® and Bollgard® 3 XtendFlex®, Albers noted there are strong features in the Deltapine pipeline that will also appeal to Texas farmers, such as improved native trait disease tolerance for problems like verticillium and other damaging diseases. “That’s going to be important going forward to protect the great yield and fiber quality our breeders are building into our cotton varieties,” he said.
The Deltapine varieties being planted in Texas today are much stronger than they were 10 years ago, and the data proves it, Albers says.
“We’ve certainly seen continued improvement in yield and fiber quality performance, and our breeding group is doing a great job of having material to select from to continue breeding for enhanced yields and quality,” Albers says. “You think back to some very strong-yielding products we’ve had over the last 10 years, like DP 0912 B2RF or even DP 1044 B2RF. After that, we released varieties with better quality, like DP 1212 B2RF and DP 1219 B2RF. And today, we’re planting varieties such as DP 1646 B2XF and DP 1725 B2XF that offer even better yield potential and fiber quality characteristics.”
The NPE Program provides the acid test for selecting new Deltapine varieties. In the program, varietal candidates are pushed to perform across a broad range of environments, in large-scale plots closely monitored by farmers and their consultants. Albers said the Deltapine team listens closely when the NPE growers report on how the candidates perform through the season, and not just for harvest results.
“We want to know how they perform when we hit a window of really rainy weather or a really dry, hot period,” he said. “How did the cotton respond to adversity? How did it respond when the plant growth regulator was applied? That is the great part of the NPE Program, where the plots are large enough that growers can manage them separately, run them through their gins separately, and provide this level of information.”
With an indeterminate crop like cotton, each week’s or day’s weather is very critical to how that crop responds through the season, he added. “I think that’s where we are seeing the uptick in performance. If a variety can handle those different stresses and scenarios well, then the sum total is going to be a Strong Cotton variety. And that means Strong Cotton performance potential at the end of the year.”
For more on Deltapine strong cotton varieties for Texas and the NPE Program, visit Deltapine.com.