A panel of cotton experts, including growers, Extension specialists and Deltapine representatives, met at a summit in Charleston, S.C., this past week to discuss new cotton varieties for 2012, their performance results and weed management practices.
In-field experience and feedback provided by 200 farmer-cooperators participating in the Deltapine New Product Evaluator (NPE) program has led the company to introduce three new cotton varieties for the 2012 growing season: DP 1212 B2RF, DP 1219 B2RF and DP 1252 B2RF.
The variety introductions were announced to the NPE farmer-cooperators at a company summit in Charleston, S.C. this past weekend.
The company reports that DP 1212 B2RF provides excellent early-season vigor and fits the Texas northern High Plains as well as other markets suited to early-maturity varieties, such as the northern Mississippi Delta region.
“Plant size and management are similar to smaller, easier-to-manage genotypes,” says Dave Albers, Deltapine product development manager.
Albers adds: “Performance-wise, DP 1212 B2RF set a very high yield bar. In the west-Texas market, it is a step up in fiber strength.”
Cotton grower Don Lyon, Kennett, Mo., reports the variety produced 1,099 lbs./A in his 2011 field tests.
New DP 1219 B2RF is an early maturing variety that fits the northern High Plains and Panhandle growing regions well. The variety then tends to shift to a mid-maturity range in the southern High Plains and East Texas, according to the company.
“It’s broadly adapted across Texas with a great combination of yield and fiber quality potential,” says Keylon Gholston, Deltapine product manager.
“This variety has the highest level of indeterminates that I’ve seen,” Albers reports. “It’s a strong variety. The thing we observed this year is this variety showed its ability to grow through the heat. My hypothesis right now is that this variety handled the stress a lot better than a lot of other varieties in the marketplace.”
“1219 was the one that performance-wise fit our area the best,” says Kirby Lewis, who farms near Shallowater, Texas. “It grew well but didn’t grow too fast, and it fruited up well. It’s also fairly storm proof, which is important to us.”
New DP 1252 B2RF fits well in irrigated fields and productive soils in the full-season markets of the Mid-South and Southeast. The company says the variety, which is medium tall to tall, is very responsive to proactive management practices and a good yield environment.
“With a little more irrigation it has potential in my area,” notes Russell Lepard, who grows cotton in the South Plains near Brownfield, Texas.
Lewis adds that being one of the NPE farmer-cooperators for Deltapine, and seeing the new varieties perform in the field prior to their market introduction, is a benefit he appreciates.
“By the time these varieties come to market, there are few surprises; you have a good sense of what you’re going to be getting,” he says.
Seed availability for 2012 is strong for each of the new varieties, according to Gholston.
“Early in the spring we realized there were going to be some challenges with our production acres in west Texas, so we moved as many acres as we could to Arizona and the mid-South,” Gholston says. “We got a pretty good seed crop, and, overall, we’re going to have a good seed supply for 2012.”
More information about the new Deltapine cotton varieties is available at www.deltapine.com