Grower Perspective

Farmers thrive with PhytoGen

Don’t let weeds stand between you and your best season. Known for consistent, high yield and excellent fiber quality, PhytoGen cottonseed now offers exceptional weed and insect control.

Don’t let weeds stand between you and your best season. Known for consistent, high yield and excellent fiber quality, PhytoGen cottonseed now offers exceptional weed and insect control to protect profit potential.

PhytoGen is the only cottonseed company to offer varieties with the Enlist cotton trait, providing tolerance to three herbicide modes of action — 2,4-D choline, glyphosate and glufosinate — to help eliminate tough-to-control and resistant weeds. All PhytoGen varieties with the Enlist cotton trait also include WideStrike® 3 Insect Protection, for improved bollworm control.

Over-the-top applications of Enlist Duo® and Enlist One herbicides mean you can fight back against weeds — including glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth. And with new Enlist One, you get even more qualified tank-mixing options, including the ability to tank mix glufosinate.

Last season, farmers who planted PhytoGen® brand varieties with the Enlist™ cotton trait said the Enlist weed control system helped them work smarter against yield-robbing weeds.

Ramey Stiles from Lee County, Arkansas, has planted PhytoGen for the past five years and is always impressed with the results.

“The yield and fiber quality never disappoint. My past experience with PhytoGen gave me confidence to try the new PhytoGen varieties with the Enlist cotton trait,” Stiles says.

In 2017, Stiles switched all of his acres planted with PhytoGen to PhytoGen Enlist varieties because of glyphosate-resistant weeds. He planted six PhytoGen brand varieties, including PHY 330 W3FE, PHY 340 W3FE, PHY 450 W3FE and PHY 490 W3FE. That decision paid off.

“Weed control has been easier with the Enlist system,” Stiles says. “We applied two applications of Enlist Duo and followed them both a week later with an application of glufosinate. That rotation worked well for us. This has been one of our cleanest crops since the onset of resistant pigweeds.”

In addition to clean fields, Stiles also notes that the applications of Enlist Duo stayed right on target without drift or damage to other crops.

“We followed the label with recommended nozzle sizes, wind speeds, pressure and droplet size, and we didn’t have any issues with the herbicide moving off target,” Stiles says. “There was no drift or volatility. It stayed where we applied it.”

Growers across the Cotton Belt are telling a similar story. Bobby Byrd of Hale County, Texas, also benefited from the Enlist system last season. He planted PhytoGen brand PHY 300 W3FE and PHY 490 W3FE after an increase of resistant weeds on the land he farms.

“I grew the PhytoGen varieties this year because I wanted something I could use to control the glyphosate-resistant weeds,” Byrd says. “The Enlist system gives us the opportunity to control weeds that we can’t control as well with other systems.”

After talking with PhytoGen representatives and learning more about the company’s breeding program, Byrd thought some of the strengths of PhytoGen® brand varieties — such as excellent emergence and bacterial blight resistance — would be a good fit on his farm.

All PhytoGen W3FE varieties feature PhytoGen breeding traits for bacterial blight resistance, and select varieties feature PhytoGen breeding traits for verticillium wilt tolerance or root-knot nematode.

“PhytoGen has impressed me because they’ve really put some thought and time into developing their varieties. I felt like the varietal selections from PhytoGen would be better suited for the West Texas environment,” Byrd says. “The emergence was fantastic, and I planted these varieties early when we can have trouble getting even emergence. I used the strength of PhytoGen varieties to my advantage.”

To find PhytoGen® brand varieties that fit your farm, visit the Varieties page on our website.

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