The Monsanto Co. has announced that its Deltapine brand will have six new cotton varieties available for 2010, graduates of what the company calls its Deltapine "Class of 10."
The announcement was made this week at a company-sponsored conference in Charleston, South Carolina, where the company invited more than 160 farmers and their wives from across the Cotton Belt. The invited farmers were those who participated in the company's New Product Exposure (NPE) program this year, testing some top new variety candidates on their farms.
The chosen varieties cleared hurdles to become marketed varieties by virtue of superior performance in the trials. The farmers in attendance were kept in suspense, too, guessing which of the varieties they had grown in their trials would be chosen to make it to the commercial market in the Class of 10.
Monsanto officials noted one or more of the six new varieties were suitable for farmers across the nation's Cotton Belt. Two of the new varieties, they said, DP 1048 B2RF and DP 1050 B2RF, are particularly well-suited to the mid- and full-season areas that stretch from Georgia to South Texas. DP 1028 B2RF and DP 1034 B2RF have a good fit for early- to mid-maturing areas from North Carolina through the Delta. And water- availability differences in West Texas drove the selection of DP 1032 B2RF and DP 1044 B2RF for use in that region.
Steve Bullard gins cotton in Quitman, Ga., for farmers in three counties.
"Everyone around here is looking for a replacement for DP 555 BGRR by trialing these new candidates," Bullard says. "Most of our farmers are good about tagging modules with variety information so we can compare the new candidates to 555 easily. A couple of the Class of 10 varieties have averaged 100 lbs/acre or so better than 555 this year, and that is very promising - and fiber uniformity has improved which adds to the price a farmer gets for his cotton."
Monsanto's cotton germplasm lead, Dr. Dave Albers, says yield improvements were seen across the Cotton Belt. In Texas farmers saw an average of 50 pounds more lint per acre this year, on top of gains from Monsanto varieties in 2009, which had already boosted yield by 40-50 lbs per acre.
The company notes Class of 10 seed will be in good introductory supply. Additional information on these varieties will be available at the 2010 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in New Orleans January 4-7, 2010.
Learn more about Deltapine products, including how to locate your local rep and dealer, at www.deltapine.com/dp/home.