Intensified efforts by Monsanto to breed and test Deltapine® cotton with the highest yield and quality potential are leading to strong results as harvest in southern Texas gets into full swing.
In the Rio Grande Valley, near La Feria, Steve Bauer planted 21.7 acres to DP 1646 B2XF under irrigation. The results were spectacular, with an average yield of 1,890 lbs/acre, 41 percent turnout, 39 staple, 4.0 mic and 30.6 strength. The bales averaged 57.47 cents in the loan.
“We were definitely pleased with it,” said Bauer. “The grades were just excellent. The turnout was excellent. It picked off the stalk beautifully. It fruited all the way up to the top, they [the bolls] opened up, and we got it all. I am definitely going to plant it again next year.”
In 2015, Bauer grew DP 1646 B2XF in a side-by-side test with his primary variety—DP 1518 B2XF—and other products. DP 1646 B2XF significantly outperformed all other varieties in his plot that season, leading him to plant as many bags of it as he could get in 2016.
He says he would confidently recommend DP 1646 B2XF to other growers.
“I was mainly planting DP 1518 B2XF and I thought that was the cat’s meow,” Bauer said. “I put DP 1646 B2XF up against it and you could see to the row that DP 1646 B2XF was taller. It had bolls up all the way to the top, just a snowbank compared to the other variety. DP 1518 B2XF is no slouch, but I think DP 1646 B2XF has got a little bit of an edge.”
Bauer planted his crop on Feb. 28. He said emergence and vigor were good on DP 1646 B2XF. After an average growing season weather-wise and nearly perfect harvest conditions, his 2016 crop is out of the field.
“I know Deltapine is always looking for better-performing varieties and so are we growers, but right now, I don’t think anything can top the yield and grades I made with DP 1646 B2XF this season.”
DP 1646 B2XF also performed well on dryland acres in southern Texas. Fellow Rio Grande Valley grower Cody Scogin saw his 86 acres of dryland average 2.25 bales. The real story, however, is in the fiber quality grades, said Scogin.
The 194 bales he harvested had a loan value of 57.52 cents, carrying an average staple of 37.6 and average strength of 29.36. The mic was 4.3, uniformity was 81.4 and the lint turnout was 42 percent.
“It was probably the best-grading cotton I’ve ever grown,” Scogin said. “The bar got set a while back when we started planting okra-leaf cottons, and now, maybe the bar is going to be raised again if we can consistently grow cotton like this.”
DP 1646 B2XF was among the first varieties planted and harvested on Scogin’s farm this year. Although it’s listed as a mid to full-maturity variety, Scogin found DP 1646 B2XF to be easy to manage and fit well within his system geared toward mid-maturing cotton.
Emergence and vigor were in line with all other varieties planted on nearby fields. It was later in the season when DP 1646 B2XF began to outshine the others.
“It started off just like everything else, but it really stood out once the fruit set started,” he said. “It just kept putting on bolls and never stopped. It was a standout.”
As harvest gets underway in other areas, growers throughout the Cotton Belt are reporting similar strong results with DP 1646 B2XF. “Based on its outstanding performance, DP 1646 B2XF looks like a winner when it comes to mid to full-maturity cotton varieties,” said Keylon Gholston, Deltapine Cotton Product Manager. “We’re seeing a lot of excitement about this variety because of its yield and quality potential.”
For more on Deltapine cotton varieties, visit www.deltapine.com.
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