Farmers have demonstrated renewed interest in conventional cotton varieties, establishing a nice niche for companies like Seed Source Genetics.

Edward Jungmann, with Seed Source Genetics, said CT Linwood, a mid-early conventional with good fiber qualities grown in the Southeast region has yield potential “up to 5 bales per acre. It may tend to have high micronaire.”

A variety developed by University of Arkansas cotton breeder Fred Bourland, UA 222, is also being marketed by Seed Source Genetics. It’s a mid-early, with staple length of 35 to 38 and has a fit in both the Southeast and Mid-South. Seed may be in short supply for 2013.

HQ210CT is a mid-early variety, with a staple of 32 to 36, grown in the Mid-South and Southeast, while HQ110CT, an early variety, has primarily been planted in the Southeast, and did particularly well in Georgia this year. HQ212CT, is similar to HQ210CT, but is a little shorter plant for Mid-South producers.

Conventional varieties from Seed Source Genetics that fared well in the Southwest this season include HQ210CT, UA 222 and UA 103, an okra leaf line, is another Fred Bourland offering.

Jungmann said seed costs are $104 per bag with a $5 per bag discount per pallet order. Early pay discounts are $10 per bag until Jan. 15, 2013. Total discounts can be up to $15 per bag.

He says all the conventional cottons “are easily managed. The CT varieties start fruiting on the 5 and 6 nodes. UA starts fruiting on the 7 node.”

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