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.
Seed Source Genetics
Seed Source Genetics is offering two new cotton varieties for the Mid-South, Southeast and Southwest in 2012. Seed-Source Genetics is a family owned corporation that was formed in December of 2004. It purchased the inventory and marketing rights of the cold tolerant cotton from Douglass King Seed Company of San Antonio, Texas. The descriptions are provided by the seed company.
SSG UA 03is an early, okra leaf, high yield picker-type variety with a staple length of 36-39, micronaire, 4.2-4.5, and strength, 31-33 grams per tex. The variety will be available in limited quantities.
SSG UA 22 is a mid-early, semi-smooth, high yield picker-type variety with a staple length of 36-39, micronaire, 4.0-4.5 and strength, 31-33 grams per tex. The variety will be available in limited quantities.
Other varieties the company has available in ample quantities include
SSG HQ110CT, an early variety, SSG HQ210CT, a mid-early variety, SSG HQ211CT, a mid-early, SSG HQ212CT, a mid-early, SSG CT310CT, a mid-maturity and SST CT Linwood, a mid-early, hairy-leaf variety.
Public breeding programs
University of Georgia
GA 230is a conventional, full-season cotton variety with an excellent staple length (39-41), strength (29-33), and micronaire (mid-4) package. In regions with longer growing seasons, it is very competitive with the best varieties in yield; it can have a very strong top crop. GA 230 yields relatively better in dryland conditions. It is smooth-leaf and has a normal, upright growth habit that may need PGRs to control growth.