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Introducing the Deltapine® class of ‘20 for the Southwest

New Bollgard® 3 XtendFlex® varieties available for Texas growers

Industry Voice by Bayer

February 10, 2020

5 Min Read
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Texas cotton growers will have access to new Bollgard® 3 XtendFlex® varieties that have demonstrated outstanding yield potential and fiber quality performance comparable to DP 1646 B2XF with the launch of the Deltapine® Class of ‘20.

The new varieties combine the proven protection from bollworms provided by Bollgard® 3 Technology and the flexible, efficient weed management of the Roundup Ready® Xtend  Crop System. In addition, five of these new varieties are resistant to bacterial blight, and three have moderate tolerance or tolerance to Verticillium wilt.

The Class of ‘20 features two products specifically for Texas and the Southwest:

  • DP 2044 B3XF, a mid-maturity variety with excellent seedling vigor and bacterial blight resistance

  • DP 2022 B3XF, an early-mid-maturity variety with Verticillium wilt tolerance and bacterial blight resistance

And, four broadly adapted varieties:

  • DP 2012 B3XF, an early-maturity variety with bacterial blight resistance

  • DP 2020 B3XF, an early-mid-maturity variety with bacterial blight resistance plus moderate tolerance to Verticillium wilt

  • DP 2038 B3XF, a mid-maturity variety with excellent yield potential and bacterial blight resistance

  • DP 2055 B3XF, a full-maturity variety with excellent fiber quality potential

The Class of ‘20 varieties were evaluated by Deltapine New Product Evaluator (NPE) growers located in all regions of the Southwest. The results of the growers’ large-acre variety plots and their feedback on management and performance were instrumental in determining the Class of ‘20

“We’ve been looking for Bollgard 3 varieties that can perform like DP 1646 B2XF, and we’ve seen that in these Class of ‘20 varieties, some of which actually out-yielded DP 1646 B2XF on our farm and provided similar or even better quality,“ said NPE grower Troy Bippert in Castroville, Texas. “I am very impressed with this class of varieties.”

The 2019 growing season for NPE grower Ray Mason in Post, Texas, was a typical “West Texas Tough” season. It began wet, turned too hot and dry, and ended with rainfall at harvest. His NPE plot was planted on a drip-irrigated field with limited water available at about 350 gallons per minute.

“The standout in our plot was DP 2044 B3XF,” said Mason. “It had stout vigor and came up growing and did not slow down. I thought it was a fantastic variety for our region. It actually came in fourth in yield, but in terms of overall dollars it was first due to quality grades. The loan price on it was 54.87 cents and that is what put it on top in my plot.”

Mason’s main go-to variety for dryland fields is DP 1646 B2XF, where Verticillium wilt is not as much of a problem. He liked the performance of the new DP 2022 B3XF, a Class of ‘20 variety with verticillium wilt tolerance.

“We will plant those two new varieties next season,” he said.

In Lamesa, Texas, NPE grower Brad Cude watched his 2019 cotton crop get off to a most promising start, only to have the most severe heat and drought stress conditions he has ever experienced result in a poor finish. While that weather impacted his yields, Cude still got a good look at the Class of ‘20 varieties for Texas.

“All of the Class of ‘20 candidates showed outstanding emergence and vigor,” said Cude. “We had DP 2044 B3XF planted for seed production, and I think it has a place for us in West Texas. It had a large seed size, it came up growing well and it seemed to hold up pretty good in the heat and drought stress we had. I think it has a place out here on dryland.”

For more about the Deltapine Class of ‘20 varieties, visit Deltapine.com/Classof20.

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ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. It is a violation of federal and state law to use any pesticide product other than in accordance with its labeling. NOT ALL formulations of dicamba, glyphosate or glufosinate are approved for in-crop use with cotton with XtendFlex® Technology. ONLY USE FORMULATIONS THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY LABELED FOR SUCH USES AND APPROVED FOR SUCH USE IN THE STATE OF APPLICATION. Contact the U.S. EPA and your state pesticide regulatory agency with any questions about the approval status of dicamba herbicide products for in-crop use with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans or cotton with XtendFlex® Technology.

B.t. products may not yet be registered in all states. Check with your seed brand representative for the registration status in your state.

Roundup Ready® 2 Technology contains genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate. Cotton with XtendFlex® Technology contains genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, glufosinate and dicamba. Glyphosate will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Dicamba will kill crops that are not tolerant to dicamba. Glufosinate will kill crops that are not tolerant to glufosinate. Contact your seed brand dealer or refer to the Monsanto Technology Use Guide for recommended weed control programs.

Insect control technology provided by Vip3A is utilized under license from Syngenta Crop Protection AG. LibertyLink® and the Water Droplet Design® is a trademark of BASF Corporation. Bollgard II®, Bollgard®, Deltapine®, Respect the Refuge and Cotton Design®, Roundup Ready® and XtendFlex® are trademarks of Bayer Group. ©2020 Bayer Group. All rights reserved.

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