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Seed companies have already announced a number of new cotton varieties and/or traits for 2011, which are detailed below. The list includes cotton varieties adapted to the Southeast, Southwest and Mid-South.
- Bayer CropScience
- Croplan Genetics
- University of Arkansas
Bayer CropScience cottonseed brands FiberMax and Stoneville were planted on a majority — 50.2 percent — of U.S. cotton acres in 2010, noted Jeff Brehmer, U.S. FiberMax and Stoneville marketing manager. Brehmer added that four varieties, FM 9058F, FM 9160B2F, FM 9063B2F and FM1740B2F accounted for more than one-fourth of all U.S. planted acres in 2010.
Bayer CropScience is evaluating experimental varieties for yield and fiber quality characteristics in its cotton breeding program and cotton agronomic performance trials. These varieties include new proprietary traits from Bayer CropScience, such as GlyTol glyphosate-tolerant technology and stacked varieties with both GlyTol and LibertyLink traits.
Bayer CropScience will commercialize its GlyTol glyphosate-tolerant technology in FiberMax varieties for Southwest cotton growers for the 2011 season.
According to Brehmer, two high-performing FiberMax varieties containing GlyTol technology will be available in 2011: FM 9101GT and FM 9103GT. Both are well-adapted to the High Plains and Rolling Plains of the Southwest and have exhibited excellent yield potential.
Bayer CropScience is also testing four new LibertyLink, Bollgard II varieties adapted for the Mid-South and Southeast. Additional information will be released in January 2011. Visit Bayer for more information. Here are new FiberMax and Stoneville varieties for 2011: