In the central Mississippi Hills, Mike Graves and his sons, Tyler, Allen and Michael, farm many small dryland river and creek bottom fields and hills, some of which get irrigation. They’ve been successful with DP 1646 B2XF, but it’s time to switch to Bollgard® 3 XtendFlex® cotton — and the right variety has arrived.
“Worm pressure is starting to get heavier in Bollgard® II XtendFlex® cotton here, so we are looking to go all Bollgard 3 XtendFlex cotton,” Tyler said. “We sprayed Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton twice last season. We’ve been looking for something to take the place of DP 1646 B2XF, and I think DP 2055 B3XF is the one. It’s like a souped-up DP 1646 B2XF.”
It seemed more like a super-charged cousin of Graves’ old favorite cotton variety. On one 55-acre field of cotton following cotton, DP 2055 B3XF made 170 round modules, which factors to about 3.1 bales per acre. On one 125-acre field which begins as a hill and slopes downward to a bottom, the variety averaged 1,100 pounds per acre, but had spots making much more.
“I shot a video coming off the hill into the bottom where on about 3 acres, the yield monitor — which is tied into Climate FieldView™ platform and very accurate — showed 4.5 bales per acre,” said Graves. “Spots were going upward of 2,800 pounds per acre — that is 5.5 bales per acre, and I have never seen any cotton hit that high on those spots in the field before. It shows the potential of DP 2055 B3XF.”
Wet, soggy spring weather delayed cotton growth, setting the crop back three weeks. They typically harvest cotton the end of September, but in 2020, they did not begin until October 15. The crop suffered through periods of hot, dry stress, which is especially tough on cotton planted on hills.
DP 2055 B3XF has performed well on this North Mississippi farm for two seasons. It is pegged as a full-maturity variety, and though managing plant growth and development requires attention, it has not been an issue, according to Graves.
“I watched this variety planted on a 55-acre field, which was planted in cotton the season before, and make 3 bales to the acre, plus,” said Graves. “DP 2055 B3XF is going to be our primary variety in 2021, even though we farm these hills and bottoms in North Mississippi.”
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