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.
Monsanto’s Deltapine brand
Monsanto offers three new commercial cotton varieties in its Deltapine Class of 12 lineup.
DP 1212 B2RFis an early-maturing variety for the Northern High Plains of Texas and other early-season markets. It has similar yield and fit to DP 0912 B2RF, but with even better fiber quality. Evaluated in the New Product Evaluator (NPE) program as 10R013, its plant size and management recommendations are similar to smaller, easier-to-manage genotypes. North Mississippi Delta producers participating in the NPE program also experienced positive performance from DP 1212 B2RF.
DP 1219 B2RF is broadly adapted across Texas with a great combination of yield potential and excellent fiber quality potential. Its early maturity fits the Northern High Plains and Panhandle growing regions and tends to shift to a mid-maturity range in the Southern High Plains and East Texas. Evaluated by farmers as 10R011 in the NPE program, DP 1219 B2RF has the potential to fit most environments and management systems found in Texas, plus has a fit on deep, sandy soils of the upper Southeast and Arizona for seed production.
DP 1252 B2RF fits well in irrigated fields and productive soils in the full-season markets of the Mid-South and Southeast. Evaluated by farmers as 10R052, the new DP 1252 B2RF is very responsive to management and yield environment.
In Leary, Ga., NPE farmer Jimmy Webb said, “It seemed to handle stress well and yielded almost 1,390 pounds per acre, which was pretty close to our DP 1048 B2RF. This new variety is certainly worth looking at again.”