High Plains cotton producers will have access to good seed supplies of Delta and Pine Land Company (D&PL) Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex cotton varieties in 2007.
“In last year's heat and drought conditions, DP 143 B2RF yielded well, but where farmers had it under irrigation, it yielded extremely well,” says Tom Speed, Western Regional Technical Services Manger for D&PL. “Based on grade sheets, the fiber quality on DP 143 B2RF was excellent, especially in locations that had less than ideal growing conditions last year. DP 117 B2RF, an early maturity variety, and DP 164 B2RF, a mid-full maturity, also showed good potential for premium fiber quality and top-end yields.”
D&PL will also have a supply of PM 2140 B2RF and PM 2141 B2RF, companion varieties developed in the D&PL breeding and research program located in Haskell, TX. Both varieties are very early Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex options for the northern reaches of the High Plains, including Oklahoma and Kansas. They've both demonstrated the potential for combined high yield and premium fiber quality in 2006 testing.
A good supply of seed is also available for DP 121 RF, a variety that has shown excellent performance potential in the High Plains. DP 121 RF has a maturity very similar to DP 434 RR and it demonstrated good fiber qualities last season.