One thing cotton growers can be certain of as they begin planning the 2007 cotton crop: They'll have plenty of varieties from which to make planting selections.
And those varieties include a good picker sack full of new offerings with improved yield potential, better transgenic traits and enhanced fiber quality characteristics. Below are descriptions of some of the new varieties either available for 2007 or 2008.
All descriptions are provided by seed companies.
American Cotton Breeders Inc.
Texas-based American Cotton Breeders Inc., or Americot, offers a new Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex product for growers in 2007. AM 1664 B2RF has excellent yield potential and a great fiber package in an early-medium maturing variety. It has 36 to 38 staple, 3.6 to 4.4 mic and 27 to 29 strength.
Americot also offers a new Roundup Ready Flex product, AM 2220 RF for 2007. AM 2220 RF offers excellent yield potential and is well suited for high input acres, drip and circles. Medium maturing, AM 2220 RF has 36 to 37 staple, 3.6 to 4.6 mic and 27 to 30 strength.
Other choices from Americot for 2007 include four Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex products:
AM 1532 B2RF offers an excellent fiber package and yield potential. AM 1532 B2RF is widely adapted and performs well in the Mid-south as well as the High Plains of Texas. It is well suited for high input acres, drip and circles and is medium maturing. AM 1532 B2RF has 36 to 38 staple, 3.6 to 4.5 mic and 26 to 29 strength.
AM 1622 B2RF has extra long staple that makes it a good choice for dryland and light water circles. Offering good yield potential and excellent grades, even on tough cotton acres, this medium maturing cotton has 36 to 39 staple, 3.7 to 4.5 mic and 27 to 30 strength.
AM 1504 B2RF offers excellent yield potential and is widely adapted, performing well in the Mid-south as well as the High Plains of Texas. It is an excellent replant cotton on the southern High Plains. AM 1504 B2RF is early maturing, and has 34 to 36 staple, 3.5 to 4.5 mic and 26 to 29 strength.
AM 1521 B2RF is well suited for areas north of Lubbock, Texas, as well as in Kansas. This early maturing cotton is also used for replanting in the southern High Plains counties of Texas. AM 1521 B2RF has 36 to 37 staple, 3.6 to 4.5 mic and 27 to 30 strength.
For more information on these and other cottons from Americot Cotton Breeders, go to www.americot.com
Beltwide Cotton Genetics
Beltwide Cotton Genetics, LLC will offer two new multiple stacked Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex products in 2007. Limited quantities of BW-3220B2F and BW-3552B2F will be available.
BW-3220B2F is a medium maturing, semi-smooth leaf product with 36 to 38 staple, 3.9 to 4.5 mic and 32 to 34 strength.
BW-3552B2F is an early-medium maturing, semi-smooth leaf product with 36 to 38 staple, 3.7 to 4.2 mic and 30 to 32 strength.
For more information on these and other Beltwide products, go to www.beltwidecottongenetics.com
NG 1572RF is a new, very early maturing Roundup Ready Flex product. It has great yield potential, excellent storm tolerance and very good fiber quality. NG 1572RF is better suited to northern production areas of the High Plains, northern Oklahoma, and Kansas, or in any situation where the growing season is limited.
ST 4427B2RF is a new product that combines great yield potential, broad ad aptation and Bollgard II with Roundup Ready Flex technologies. It is an early-mid maturity variety with outstanding fiber quality and can be grown under a wide range of environments. Although the plant is not extremely tall, height should be monitored and controlled with mepiquat chloride-type products.
ST 5327B2RF is a new medium maturing product with both the Bollgard II and Roundup Ready Flex technologies. It is broadly adapted, has demonstrate high yield potential and has a very good fiber package. ST 5327B2RF does not tend to have extremely aggressive growth; however, height should be monitored and appropriately controlled with a mepiquat chloride-type product. This medium-maturing product has performed well across the entire Cotton Belt.
ST 5283RF is a new medium-maturing Roundup Ready Flex product that has demonstrated the ability for high yield potential across a broad area.
This semi-smooth leaf variety also has a very good fiber package. Height should be monitored and controlled with a mepiquat chloride-type product.
For 2007, Delta and Pine Land Company is prepared to supply the Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex demand in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Kansas, with a full range of maturities.
D&PL anticipates having a good supply of DP 117 B2RF, DP 143 B2RF and DP 164 B2RF for 2007. All three picker varieties came out of the D&PL breeding and research programs showing great potential for high yields and premium fiber quality.
DP 143 B2RF is probably the most exciting of the B2RF varieties in the D&PL lineup because it has shown potential to perform well — with high yields and good fiber quality — in a variety of regions. DP 143 B2RF has potential to yield equal to, or above, the many competitor B2RF products on the market.
A true mid- to full-season variety, DP 164 B2RF is producing good yields in the Texas High Plains region, despite drought and heat stress.
Developed in the D&PL breeding and research program located in Haskell, Texas, PM 2140 B2RF is a very early Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex stripper variety for the northern reaches of the High Plains, including Oklahoma and Kansas. It demonstrated the potential for both high yield and premium fiber quality in 2005 testing.
This variety will be one of the earliest maturing B2RF products in DP&L lineup.
FiberMax is releasing new LibertyLink and Liberty Link/Bollgard II varieties, along with Bollgard II with Roundup Ready Flex, and Roundup Ready Flex varieties.
FM 988LLB2 is a medium-maturing LibertyLink/Bollgard II variety well adapted to the Southern Rolling Plains and the Southeast. Plants are very compact with short- to medium-stature. Boll retention is high on the first fruiting positions for a consistent fruiting pattern. Fiber quality is good.
FM 965LLB2 is a mid- to full-season LibertyLink/Bollgard II variety suitable for most well drained soils across the Cotton Belt. It has moderate early season growth that can respond to lower rates of plant growth regulator. Fiber quality is very good.
FM 955LLB2 is an early-maturing LibertyLink Bollgard II variety that has demonstrated excellent adaptation to the Mid-Atlantic States, throughout the Mid-South and Texas. It is an easy-to-manage variety with short, compact plants. Fiber quality is very good.
FM 9063B2F is an early-maturing Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex variety with a compact plant type that is easy to manage. It has a wide range of adaptability throughout Texas, the Mid-South and the eastern Seaboard. Fiber quality is excellent.
PHY 370 WR is an early-maturity WideStrike/Roundup Ready stacked variety with good vigor, broad adaptation and high yield potential.
PHY 470 WR is a WideStrike/Roundup Ready stacked variety with early to mid-maturity and broad adaptation. It is most similar to PSC 355, with improved micronaire and grade.
PHY 480 WR is a WideStrike/Roundup Ready stacked variety with early- to mid-maturity and broad adaptation. Similar to PHY 470 WR, it has improved lint yield, staple and strength.
PHY 485 WR is a WideStrike/Roundup Ready Flex stacked variety with early- to mid-maturity and broad adaptation. It has very good to excellent fiber quality and grades.
PHY 125 RF — is a Roundup Ready Flex stripper variety with excellent yield potential and good fiber quality and grades for the High Plains.
All-Tex has a full complement of improved varieties that will be available beginning in 2008.
65030 B2\RF expected in 2008-9 is a new picker type variety for irrigated or dryland. It features superior fiber qualities and high yield potential with a maturity the same as Patriot RR. It is pubescent, and moderately storm-resistant with medium maturity.
65227 RF, available in 2008-9, is a new picker type variety for irrigated or dryland with superior fiber qualities and high yield potential and a maturity the same as Top-Pick conventional. 65027 RF is pubescent, and moderately storm-resistant, and medium/late maturity
65027 B2\RF is a new picker type variety for 2008-9 for irrigated or dryland production It has superior fiber qualities and high yield potential with a maturity the same as Top-Pick conventional. It is pubescent and moderately storm-resistant and medium/late maturity.
65019 RF, also available for 2008-9, is a new picker type variety for irrigated or dryland with superior fiber qualities and high yield potential and maturity the same as Patriot RR. It is a pubescent, moderately storm-resistant medium maturity variety.
55196 RF, coming in 2008-09, is a new stripper type variety for irrigated or dryland. It is medium maturity with superior fiber qualities and high yield potential. Maturity is the same as Atlas conventional. 55196 RF is pubescent and moderately storm-resistant.