When Delta and Pine Land Co., introduced DP 555 BGRR or “triple nickel” in the early 2000s, it quickly became one of the most popular varieties in the Southeast and in some parts of the Delta region because of its yield.
In fact, the company almost faced an insurrection by growers when EPA forced it to take DP 555 off the market in 2010 because of concerns about the development of resistance to the single BT-gene technology contained in the variety.
At its NPE Summit in Nashville, Deltapine and Monsanto leaders announced they are releasing a new variety called DP 1555 B2RF they hope will help make Triple Nickel just a fond memory. The variety is one of seven – two “conventional” and five dicamba-tolerant – the company hopes to be able to launch in the 2015 growing season.
The other new entries include DP 1558B2RF, a root-knot-resistant variety; DP 1518 B2XF and DP 1522 B2XF, two dicamba-tolerant varieties for shorter-season markets; DP 1538 B2XF and DP 1553 B2XF, for mid- to full-season markets; and DP 1549 B2XF for West Texas and Arizona markets.
Keylon Gholston, Deltapine product manager, talked about the new DP 1555 and Monsanto’s other new varieties in this video interview from the NPE Summit. Monsanto brings many of its New Product Evaluator or NPE growers together once a year.
The Summit was held Dec. 12-14 so it started the same day USDA’s APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services posted its final Environmental Impact Statement or EIS for Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybean varieties.
The posting began a 30-day review period which will close with BRS publishing its final decision on the deregulation of varieties containing the dicamba-tolerant trait.
Monsanto and Deltapine officials asked growers participating in the Summit and other cotton producers to express their views on the new technology to both the USDA-APHIS’ BRS and to EPA, which still is considering federal registration for a new formulation of dicamba that is less susceptible to drift.
To see the BRS documents, visit www.regulations.gov#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0043-4774
For more on Deltapine and its new varieties, visit www.deltapine.com