What is in this article?:
- Cotton prices hit levels that defied the imagination in 2011, providing cotton producers with excellent pricing opportunities. As we look ahead to the 2012 cotton production season, it’s time for producers to address the other half of the income equation – yield and quality.
- With that, here’s a look at what’s new in cotton seed and technology for 2012 for the Mid-South, Southeast and Southwest regions. Information was provided by seed companies.
Americot, Inc. – Americot and NexGen brands
Americot, Inc. is introducing two new varieties for the Mid-South and Southeast:
AM 1511 B2RFis a Bollgard II, Roundup Ready Flex variety that features excellent yield potential and an excellent fiber package with a staple range of 36-37, strength 29-30 and micronaire of 4.4-4.8. This medium-maturity variety is a medium- to-tall plant and is a semi-smooth leaf cotton. AM 1511 B2RF has performed very well in the Mid-South and the Southeast. AM 1511 B2RF has excellent seedling vigor and provides proven Fusarium wilt tolerance and moderate Verticillium wilt tolerance.
AM UA48was developed by the University of Arkansas and is well suited for the northern cotton growing areas of the Mid-South. This early maturing variety offers an excellent fiber package with a staple range of 39-41 and a strength range of 34-35 and good yield potential. AM UA48 also has excellent tolerance to RKN/Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt and bacterial blight.
As for existing varieties, Americot AM 1550 B2RF continues to be the company’s workhorse in the Southeast and Mid-South. Offering consistent, outstanding yield potential, AM 1550 B2RF was planted more extensively in the 2011 season. This Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex cotton has an early-mid maturity and is a semi-smooth leaf cotton. Its average staple length is 35.6; strength, 27.5; and micronaire, 4.5. It offers excellent yield potential and a solid fiber package. AM 1550 B2RF is widely adapted, performs well in the Southeast and Mid-South.
For more information, go to www.americot.com
Americot offers these new NexGen varieties for Southwest cotton producers.
NG 2051 B2RFis a Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex cotton. “This new NexGen variety represents Americot’s commitment to continued developing and marketing of early-maturing varieties for the northern High Plains of Texas and western Kansas.” says Terry Campbell, Americot general manager. “NG 2051 B2RF offers growers excellent yield potential, excellent fiber package and excellent seedling vigor in a storm proof variety. NG 2051 B2RF compliments NG 1551 RF in an area that’s no stranger to high yields.”
NG 2051 B2RF is an early-maturing cotton with medium plant height and averages 36-37 staple, 3.7-4.7 micronaire and 29-30 strength. NG 2051 B2RF willperform under either irrigated or dryland production systems and is well-suited to the northern production areas of the Texas High Plains, northern Oklahoma, and Kansas or in any situation where the growing season is limited.
AM 1511 B2RFis a Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex cotton for growers in central and south Texas as well as the South Plains. Itfeatures excellent yield potential and an excellent fiber package. It has a staple range of 36-37, strength 29-30 and micronaire, 4.4-4.8. The medium- maturity variety is a medium-to-tall plant and has a semi-smooth leaf. “After several years of testing variety candidates in this growing region, Americot is introducing AM 1511 B2RF to growers in the Southwest region, where it has performed very well,” says Campbell.
For more information on cottons from Americot, Inc., go to www.americot.com.