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Two Phytogen cottons dominate California acreage

Two Phytogen cotton varieties dominated the 2003 California cotton acreage while overall California Planting Cotton Seed Distributors (CPCSD) as a seed supplier captured the majority of the acreage.

Phytogen 72 Acala was planted on 43 percent of San Joaquin Valley acreage this season, far ahead of CPCSD's Acala Riata RR at just under 20 percent. Second was CPCSD's newest variety, Sierra RR at 17.5 percent followed by CPCSD's Maxxa at slightly more than 10 percent.

Phytogen 76 was the leading Pima variety planted with 67.5 percent of the SJV Pima acreage and 56.4 percent of the total U.S. Pima belt acreage. Deltapine's DP544 was a distant second with 15.4 percent of the U.S. crop.

CPCSD's four proprietary varieties accounted for almost 46 percent of the total California acreage, ahead of Phytogen's 42 percent.

Deltapine captured about 9 percent of the California market.

However, Deltapine captured almost 70 percent of the Arizona market with no less than 17 varieties planted there in 2003. Deltapine 449 B/RR dominated with 37 percent of the acreage. Second was DP 422 B/RR at almost 16 percent.

Stoneville varieties accounted for almost 17 percent of Arizona's acreage.

Arizona Cotton Growers AF 3601 was planted on about 2.5 percent of the state's acreage.

Bayer CropScience Fibermax varieties were planted on about 3 percent of Arizona's acreage.

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