Beltwide Cotton Genetics, LLC, will offer multiple stacked Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex varieties in 2006. They are growing at 77 locations from Texas to the Carolinas so growers can see them perform locally. The varieties range from early to full-season maturities and are currently in seed production.

“We're excited about finally being able to offer stacked-gene cottons in 2006,” says Rick Rice, director of marketing and sales for Beltwide. “Our varieties were bred from advanced germplasm by our breeder, Tom Kilgore.

“We believe Roundup Ready Flex technology will allow farmers to grow cleaner cotton, faster, and on more acres than has ever been possible before. With Flex technology, farmers can park their hooded sprayers and cultivators in favor of over-the-top applications of Roundup all the way through lay-by.”

Bollgard II is the second-generation of insect-protected cotton developed by Monsanto. The technology contains two different insect-control genes, offering broader spectrum insect control with less potential for insect resistance compared to its predecessor Bollgard.

Roundup Ready Flex technology, the second-generation of herbicide-tolerant cotton from Monsanto, is labeled for higher rates and later over-the-top sprays of Roundup than the original Roundup Ready cotton technology.

For more information and performance data, go to www.beltwidecottongenetics.com.