Cotton's 'Big 3' Release 2015 Variety Information

Cotton's 'Big 3' Release 2015 Variety Information

The three companies that produce a big majority of U.S. cottonseed have just announced their new varieties for the 2015 crop season. Monsanto (Deltapine), Bayer CropScience (FiberMax and Stoneville) and Dow Agrosciences (Phytogen) account for just over 80% of U.S. planted cotton acres.

Here are a few highlights about the varieties newly available to cotton farmers this year.

Deltapine (Monsanto)

DP 1518 B2XF

  • Adapted to high-yield, short-season environments
  • Yield potential similar to DP 0912 B2RF
  • Best fit for the Upper Southeast and mid to upper Mid-South, and on irrigated acres in Texas

DP 1522 B2XF

  • Early-mid maturity that is widely adapted
  • Yield potential similar to DP 0912 B2RF
  • Good fiber quality potential
  • Best fit for the Upper Southeast and Mid-South

DP 1538 B2XF

  • Mid maturity, with yield potential similar to DP 1050 B2RF
  • Aggressive growth will require timely PGR management
  • Showed good performance on dryland fields in the Southeast
  • Best fit for the Mid-South and Southeast

DP 1549 B2XF

  • Full-season maturity
  • Adapted to full-season markets
  • Performance on par with DP 1044 B2RF in Texas, especially on dryland and fields with limited water for irrigation
  • Best fit for Texas and Arizona

DP 1553 B2XF

  • Full-season maturity
  • Broadly adapted to full-season growing areas
  • May require timely PGR management under vigorous growing conditions
  • Best fit for the Lower Southeast, south Delta and Upper Gulf Coast

A quick note about Bollgard II XtendFlex (B2XF) varieties - these varieties are commercially available for 2015; however, over-the-top in-season use of dicamba is still pending final approval from the EPA.

PhytoGen (Dow AgroSciences)


  • One of the most broadly adaptable new varieties
  • Early to mid-maturity with excellent fiber quality and yield potential
  • Good complement to PHY 499 WRF

PHY 495 W3RF

  • The first three-gene Bt product on the market
  • Good option for growers concerned with yield losses from cotton bollworm
  • High yield and great quality possible

PHY 417 WRF & PHY 427 WRF

  • Early to mid-maturity varieties with industry-leading root-knot nematode resistance
  • PHY 417 WRF best-suited for Texas and Oklahoma
  • PHY 427 WRF best-suited for the Mid-South and Southeast

FiberMax (Bayer CropScience)

FM 1900GLT

  • GlyTol LibertyLink TwinLink variety with full tolerance to Liberty herbicide and glyphosate
  • Ideal for Southwest growers looking for balance among storm tolerance, high yields and high quality
  • Slightly earlier maturity than FM 2484B2F, with improved micronaire and similar yield potential

FM 2007GLT

  • Bred specifically for the harsh South Texas growing environment, with wide Rolling Plains adaptation
  • Good water-use efficiency and storm tolerance
  • Easy to manage, with lower rates of plant growth regulator
  • High yield and fiber quality potential

Stoneville (Bayer CropScience)

ST 5115GLT

  • Adapted for the Mid-South, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions
  • Responds well to irrigation and has a high lint turnout
  • Excellent seedling vigor at planting / top-end yields at harvest

ST 6182GLT

  • Full-season variety bred for the Southeast, South Delta, Southeastern Texas and Mid-Atlantic
  • Adapted for both Dryland and irrigated acres on light or heavy soils
  • High lint turnout, even after fighting through long, unpredictable growing seasons
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