Bayer cotton varieties, tools ready for ’12

It’s not long until the New Year, and cotton growers are ready.

Two big busloads of producers from a wide region turned out for the Bayer CropScience 2011 West Texas Cotton Production Field Day at Idalou, Texas.

Mark Kelling of Bayer CropScience, Hondo, Texas, told growers he realizes they have been on a roller-coaster ride in 2011.

“First, there are record prices for cotton, planted acreage up 30%, but then record Texas abandonment of more than 4 million acres,” Kelling reflected. “Record heat with record drought — it was an emotionally draining year.” He said it’s time to put 2011 in the history book and close it, and look toward 2012.

Kelling noted Bayer CropScience has many tools to help cotton growers next year. In addition, most market analysts are predicting good cotton prices for the next one to two years.

Cotton growers need to be ready when events, including the weather, turn positive again.

Latest cotton

Bayer CropScience now has GlyTol glyphosate-tolerant cotton technology (GT), along with Glytol/LibertyLink stacked-gene cotton (GL), which has glyphosate and Ignite herbicide tolerance to fight weeds. Also, its GLB2 cotton has the stacked gene for weeds and includes the Bollgard II trait for worm control.

The FiberMax 2989 GLB2 cotton should help with weed resistance to herbicide as a Glytol and LibertyLink stacked-gene cotton that also has Bollgard II for worms.

Kenny Melton of Bayer CropScience, Lubbock, Texas, said the variety will give cotton growers the ability to use both glyphosate and Ignite herbicide.

Melton said he cannot overemphasize not to tank-mix the two herbicides — such as Roundup (glyphosate) and Ignite together. Never do that. Instead, use one and then the other.

Also, whichever one you use first, Melton said it is better to do the fieldwork early in the morning, especially on the Texas High Plains.

With some glyphosate-resistant pigweed having been detected in far western Texas near the New Mexico line this year — the first time resistance has been confirmed in Texas — the new stacked-gene cotton will be a valuable tool in controlling Palmer amaranth (pigweed or careless weed) resistance to herbicide, and helping to stretch the efficacy of glyphosate for the future.

Melton noted stacked-gene cotton also is good to help control not only pigweed, but also morningglory. The FM 9250 GL also can help control pigweed with its stacked-gene makeup, but doesn’t have the Bollgard II trait for worms.

Others shine

A few other varieties are impressive, especially in particular grower situations, including:

FM 9170 B2F has good verticillium wilt tolerance.

FM 2484 B2F has excellent verticillium wilt tolerance and fiber quality.

FM 9180 B2F showed it could perform well under drought stress.

Stoneville 4288 B2F showed good root knot nematode and verticillium wilt tolerance, but it is not resistant to reniform nematode.

BX 1264 B2F is an experimental variety showing strong yield potential.

BX 1150 B2F is another experimental variety that has been impressive.

With the loss of Temik for nematode control, Russ Perkins of Bayer CropScience, Lubbock, says Poncho and Votivo are new products that can help manage nematodes.

Votivo is a biological protectant that suppresses nematodes. These could work in addition to Aeris insecticide/nematicide.

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ready for next year: Despite a historic drought and record heat in Texas in an emotionally draining 2011 crop year, two busloads of cotton growers came for the Bayer CropScience West Texas Cotton Production Field Day at Idalou this fall as they looked forward to a better 2012 growing season.

This article published in the November, 2011 edition of THE FARMER-STOCKMAN.

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