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Talkin’ Cotton: Popular cotton varieties feature favorite traits

Transgenic cotton varieties topped the list of most popular selections from the 2007 Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas crop.

Each year, the USDA collects information from cotton gins and other sales locations on what the most sought-after varieties are for farmers in each state and area. The National Cotton Council lists these varieties at its website under the links Economics-Crop Information-Varieties Planted.

In 2007, Texas planted 5 million acres of cotton, irrigated and dryland. Bayer CropScience FiberMax had the three most popular varieties. FM 9063 B2F was the most popular with 12.09 percent of the acreage; FM 960 B2R was second with 10.74 percent of the acreage and FM 9058 F came in third with 8.11 percent of the acreage.

Oklahoma farmers planted 200,000 acres in 2007. Stoneville had the most popular variety with ST 4554 B2RF planted in 26.87 percent of the acreage. Bayer CropScience FiberMax had the second and third most popular varieties: FM 960 B2R at 10.62 percent and FM 9063 B2F with 9.12 percent of the acreage.

Kansas planted 55,000 acres of cotton in 2007. Paymaster had the two most popular cotton varieties and Stoneville was third. Paymaster PM 2140 B2RF was planted on 26.07 percent of the acreage and PM 2145 RR was second with 17.33 percent. Stoneville’s NG 1553 R had 14.36 percent of the acreage for third place.

These are new varieties featuring Roundup Ready, Roundup Ready Flex and BT protection.

In 2007 planting season flooding and cold, wet weather put the cotton season in doubt early, but later in the summer, almost ideal warm days and cool nights extending into an Indian summer type fall allowed the cotton to make record growth and record-making dryland yields of two bales to the acre and three to four bale irrigated cotton across much of the area.

TALKIN’ COTTON is a feature of NTOK Cotton, a cotton industry partnership, which encourages increased cotton production in the Rolling Plains of North Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. For more information on the cotton scene, check out and For comments or questions about Talkin’ Cotton, contact us at

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