Another consideration is product protection plans provided for genetically modified cotton varieties, Morgan said. Although difficult to quantify in a budget, most major seed companies provide a product protection plan for genetically modified cotton varieties.

"These product protection plans can offset seed and technology fees if replanting is required or if a hail storm destroys your crop mid-season," Morgan said. "However, producers should visit with individual seed companies for the specific details on these product protection plans."

There remains a strong interest in conventional cotton varieties from some producers, and several new conventional varieties are available from university breeding programs in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.

"Several conventional varieties are marketed through All-Tex and one from the University of Arkansas, but still Texas will probably stay at about 6 percent of the acreage in conventional varieties," Morgan said.

Producers can find yield and quality data on the Stacked-Trait and conventional cotton varieties at http://varietytesting.tamu.edu/cotton/index.htm.

For more on variety selection and other cotton production information, visit http://varietytesting.tamu.edu/cotton/index.htm.

 

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