Success in 2019 Starts with the Right Cotton Varieties

Robert Cossar
Technical Seed Manager and Cotton Product Manager
With any luck, you have navigated cotton harvest through a soggy fall and are looking ahead to 2019 planting decisions. Yield and quality are always top considerations when selecting cotton varieties, but there are additional factors you and your agronomist will want to keep in mind as you finalize your choices.
 
Insect control
This year wasn’t just wet, it was also buggy. Many growers in the Mid-South saw high numbers of bollworm escapes, and there is growing concern that tolerance and resistance to current traits may be happening. This makes selecting the right traits even more important. Fortunately, many of today’s cotton varieties assist with delivering insect control.
 
For example, Genuity® Bollgard II® cotton uses advanced technology to help provide protection from lepidopterous pests, including cotton bollworm. Bollgard® 3 cotton adds another protein — Vip3A — to the Cry1AC and Cry2AB Bt proteins found in Genuity® Bollgard II® cotton varieties, helping to produce a triple mode of action scenario. Widely available for planting in 2019, this broader spectrum of worm control could translate into fewer sprays and less potential damage to your cotton all season long. 
 
Weed control
Developing and implementing a good weed management program is crucial to helping your crop achieve its yield and quality potential. Both Bollgard® 3 and Genuity® Bollgard II® cotton offer varieties with XtendFlex® Technology, which is the first cotton technology that provides tolerance to glyphosate, glufosinate and dicamba. In addition to choosing the right traits for weed management, be sure to scout when plants begin putting on squares, as well as bolls, to stay ahead of any resource competition.
 
Geography
Because we handpick seed from the industry's top genetics, we can offer a broad selection of varieties specially adapted to local conditions. Selecting the right cotton variety for your specific geography is important to help ensure optimal performance. 
 
For example, the CROPLAN® brand brings multiple transgenic cotton varieties to the market:
  • 9178B3XF is an early-maturity variety best adapted for the northern Mid-South and upper Southeast regions.
  • 3527B2XF is an early-mid type that is best positioned on highly managed acres.
  • 3226B2XF is a great option for the Texas Panhandle market.
  • 3885B2XF is a mid-maturity variety that has great adaptability across the Cotton Belt and excellent performance in the southeast, lower Mid-South and Texas.
  • 9608B3XF is a medium-maturity variety that has a broad fit from southern Texas across the Cotton Belt, the Mid-South and the East Coast. It is adaptable across soil types and yield levels.
  • 9598B3XF is a medium-maturity variety best suited for the High Plains of west Texas.
 
Your agronomist can help you choose the genetics that help deliver the quality and yield potential that meet the demands of your specific region.


WinField United continues to test new cotton varieties each season to ensure we can offer the best genetics in yield and fiber quality. On-farm, university and independent trials measure how these varieties perform on different soil types and under various management practices. Work with your local WinField United representative to determine which cotton varieties you should consider for the 2019 growing season. You can also find more about CROPLAN cotton varieties here.
 
© 2018 WinField United. Important: Before use always read and follow label instructions. Crop performance descriptions are based on internal trials conducted by WinField United and/or sourced from the genetic supplier. In any event, performance is dependent on soil, pest pressures, weather conditions, and other factors beyond the control of WinField United. Growers are encouraged to consider data from multiple locations, over multiple years, and be mindful of how such conditions could impact grower’s fields. CROPLAN® is a trademark of WinField United. Bollgard®, Bollgard II®, Genuity®, and XtendFlex® are trademarks used under license from Monsanto Technology, LLC.
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