In baseball, you never hit a home run with a bunt. If you want to circle the bases, you’ve got to swing for the fences. Many farmers have a similar strategy when it comes to cotton production. They aim for their best season every year, and that means careful variety selection and diligent farm management from start to finish.
Cotton producer Trent Felton from Marianna, Arkansas, says he aims for high yields every year, which means increased planning, management and investment in the crop. “In our area, most of the farmers are high input,” Felton says. “High input, most of the time, equals high yields. If you don’t invest in your crop, then you are going to be very disappointed at the end of the year.”
For Felton, the hunt for high yields begins with variety selection. In 2017, he planted several PhytoGen® brand varieties, including PHY 312 WRF, PHY 333 WRF, PHY 300 W3FE, PHY 330 W3FE, PHY 340 W3FE, and PHY 380 W3FE. His confidence to plant numerous PhytoGen varieties comes from several years of variety trial data and on-farm experience.
“PhytoGen has been my No. 1 variety by a couple hundred pounds since 2014,” Felton says. He aims for a farm average of 1,250 to 1,500 pounds per acre, with excellent fiber quality to improve his bottom-line profitability.
“PhytoGen is leaps and bounds better than the competition on fiber quality,” Felton says. “Last year, we got a 4-cent premium on a lot of our PhytoGen cotton, and that’s pretty big. On my farm, the PhytoGen fiber quality is far superior to others, and the yield is superior, as well.”
Start strong, finish early
To reach top-end yields and quality, cotton needs a good start. That’s where PhytoGen outshines competitors on Felton’s farm.
“One of the things about the PhytoGen varieties — when they come out of the ground, they just continue to grow,” Felton says. “This season was a perfect example. It was cool early, but as soon as it turned warm, the PhytoGen varieties came out of it. Some of the other brands sat idle for a few weeks after the cool spell, but the PhytoGen varieties just took off. If you start strong, you finish strong — and you finish early.”
Read the full article to learn how the Enlist™ weed control system and WideStrike® 3 Insect Protection help Felton thrive on his farm.
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