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Georgia turning to high-yielding Bollgard® 3 XtendFlex® varieties

Deltapine® Bollgard® 3 XtendFlex® cotton varieties showed their performance potential in Georgia.

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Mother Nature provided near-perfect growing conditions in parts of Georgia, setting a very good cotton crop in 2020. But then she took some of it away in the fall with rainy weather, resulting in boll rot and hardlock.

Yields are estimated to be off for farms in the state that caught rainy weather in September and October. Through it all, Deltapine® Bollgard® 3 XtendFlex® varieties showed their performance potential.

In Edison, Georgia, Drew Collins had a head-turning crop set in September when weather turned south. Earlier-planted cotton was more affected. Collins planted his farm in Bollgard 3 XtendFlex cotton varieties in 2020, a switch he made when looking for better protection from cotton bollworms and maintaining high yield potential. His experience with DP 2055 B3XF cotton variety has been positive.

“We began planting with DP 2012 B3XF and DP 2020 B3XF, then switched to DP 2038 B3XF and finished up with DP 2055 B3XF,” recalled Collins. “Our earlier-planted cotton got hit hard by the September weather. I guess in the DP 2055 B3XF, bolls were not open as much as in other varieties, and apparently it was less susceptible to the weather. I was pleasantly surprised when I got to the field with the harvester because there was not as much
boll rot.”

His cotton did not require insecticide sprays for bollworms. He said DP 2055 B3XF cotton variety emerged quickly and grew off to a good stand. Planted within one field of DP 2055 B3XF cotton variety were several rows of a competitor variety. The visual and final yield differences were apparent, according to Collins.

“On the yield monitor map, there was a red streak in the field where the competitor was planted, indicating lower yield,” he said. “DP 2055 B3XF was 300 to 400 pounds better in that field. Typically, varieties in plots are not too far off in terms of yield, but that was an exception. I am excited about the variety. Every season is different, and you really do not know until you get two to three years with a variety, but it looks good enough for me to plant again.”

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