Delta and Pine Land Co. (D&PL) announced the launch of two new cotton varieties: DP 444 BG/RR and DP 449 BG/RR.

D&PL will have a seed supply of DP 444 BG/RR, an early season, Bollgard/Roundup Ready stacked-gene variety.

“I'm convinced after looking at DP 444 BG/RR harvest results for 2003 that this variety offers a vast potential for improvement in micronaire and other fiber quality traits,” says Tom Kerby, vice president of technical services for D&PL. “Many producers who grew large acreages of this product reported no discounts and many reported getting premiums.”

This product, as well as all other D&PL upland cotton varieties, will be packaged in new seed-count units. Bags will contain a minimum of 250,000 seeds, and Boll Box bulk delivery systems will contain a minimum of 8 million seeds to simplify pricing and production planning.

The company will also have a seed supply of DP 449 BG/RR for 2004. A mid-maturity stacked-gene variety, it has demonstrated good yield stability in both university and company trials.

“DP 449BG/RR is a true mid-maturity product that is easy to manage with potential for both consistent high yield and good fiber quality traits,” says Kerby.