The Deltapine® brand of Upland cottonseed, led by varieties featuring Bollgard II® XtendFlex® technology, was again the most popular brand planted in the United States this season, according to the recently released 2017 Cotton Varieties Planted report from the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service’s Cotton and Tobacco Program.
Deltapine also had the top-planted variety in the U.S. and placed three varieties in the top five varieties nationwide. The three varieties – DP 1646 B2XF, DP 1518 B2XF and DP 1522 B2XF – accounted respectively for 14.77 percent, 4.65 percent and 4.38 percent of the U.S. Upland cotton acreage.
“The 2017 report confirms what we saw in the spring – tremendous interest in Deltapine® Bollgard II® XtendFlex® cotton varieties across the Cotton Belt,” said Keylon Gholston, Deltapine Product Manager. “Sales were driven by the high yield and outstanding fiber quality being produced by these strong cotton varieties, along with the ability to better manage hard-to-control weeds.”
Deltapine varieties accounted for 35.87 percent of the United States acreage, up from 32.60 percent in 2016, when they also led the nation in acreage planted.
Deltapine varieties increased their percentage planted in the Southwest region this year, rising from being planted on 16.76 percent of the Southwest region acres to 22.52 percent.
DP 1646 B2XF led the way for Deltapine varieties, being planted on 9.21 percent of the acres in the Southwest region. The mid- to full-season variety caught growers’ attention during the 2016 harvest because of its high yields and exceptional quality, setting the stage for high demand heading into 2017, said Gholston. “Early harvest results from this year indicate that DP 1646 B2XF had another strong year. It’s going to be popular again next season, along with other strong Deltapine varieties adapted for this region.”
Other top-planted Deltapine varieties in the Southwest region in 2017 included DP 1522 B2XF, DP 1549 B2XF and DP 1612 B2XF.
In the Southeast region, Deltapine varieties were planted on 56.11 percent of the acreage; in the Delta region, 61.71 percent; and in the Far West region, 24.07 percent.
Gholston said the work done by Deltapine New Product Evaluators (NPE) to help the company launch proven, top-performing varieties over the last decade has contributed significantly to the popularity of Deltapine varieties.
NPE growers evaluate pre-commercial varieties to ensure that what’s commercialized for planting offers better yield potential, better fiber quality and improved technologies that help growers better manage pests and input costs.
“Since the Deltapine NPE Program began 10 years ago, each new class of Deltapine varieties has offered improved performance,” said Gholston. “The results of the U.S. Cotton Varieties Planted report from the USDA indicates the hard work and dedication that NPE growers put in each season are providing strong results for growers and the cotton industry. Thanks in large part to the NPE Program, growers know they can count on Deltapine varieties for proven performance.
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