Deltapine unveils its Class of ’12

Three new Deltapine cotton varieties have “made the grade” for the 2012 marketing season.

The varieties, which the company calls its “Class of ’12,” were unveiled in Charleston, S.C., Dec. 9-12, at a major event thrown by the company to honor the 200-plus cotton farmers this year who helped the company research new varieties in its New Product Evaluator, or NPE, program. The company says all three varieties offer high yield and high fiber quality. All three varieties contain Genuity Bollgard II and Roundup Ready Flex technology.

DP 1252 B2RF is a variety that is well-suited for the Southeast and the Delta, particularly on irrigated and more productive soils in full-season markets. The company notes it is very responsive to management. DP 1252 B2RF is a full-season variety with a medium-tall to tall plant height. This variety has a smooth leaf type. It is rated 5 for storm resistance (a rating of 1 indicates a tight boll, 9 a loose boll).

DP 1212 B2RF is an early variety with a plant height rated medium to medium-short. It has a light, hairy leaf type, and has a storm resistance rating of 6. This variety is a particularly good fit in the Northern High Plains and Texas Panhandle. It is similar in yield and fit to DP 0912 B2RF, but Deltapine notes it has improved quality compared to that variety.

DP 1219 B2RF is an early variety with a medium to tall plant height. It has a semi-smooth leaf type. The storm resistance rating is 4 to 5. With its early maturity, this variety is well-suited for most environments and management strategies in Texas, offering growers there a combination of high yield potential and excellent fiber. The company notes this variety is also a good fit for deep, sandy soils in the upper Southeast. It also fits Arizona for seed production.

The three new varieties in the Class of ’12 now join the other seed varieties that Deltapine markets, including those varieties released in the previous three years as the Class of ’09, Class of ’10 and Class of ’11.

Learn more about Deltapine varieties at www.deltapine.com.

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The announcement: Dave Ryhlander, Deltapine marketing lead (second from left, standing), joins an expert panel following the unveiling of the Deltapine Class of ’12 seed varieties Dec. 12, in Charleston, S.C. From left to right behind him are Scott Bollman, Monsanto cotton traits technology development manager; Steve Woodham of Willmar Fabrication; Kent Wannamaker, a cotton grower from Saint Matthews, S.C.; Bowen Flowers, a Clarksdale, Miss., grower; Ken Smith, an Extension weed specialist with the University of Arkansas; and Anthony Mills, Monsanto’s weed management technology development manager.

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Weeds are ‘double negatives’: Grower Kent Wannaker of Saint Matthews, S.C., a Deltapine New Product Evaluator program participant, talked in Charleston about his current weed program. “We start out with burndown with Roundup in February or March,” he said. “Then, we come back with Gramoxone just before we plant. Gramoxone is very important, because rain will bring more small weeds up. But we want to start out with no weeds — zero!”

This article published in the February, 2012 edition of CAROLINA-VIRGINIA FARMER.

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