As harvest results come in across the country, Mid-Atlantic growers are urged to evaluate gin reports for profitability of their current varieties and assess choices for next year.
Cotton growers can earn sizable quality premiums due to the Acala-like fiber quality of the company’s leading Upland varieties — PhytoGen® brand varieties PHY 444 WRF, PHY 333 WRF and PHY 312 WRF. Fiber-quality premiums translate to higher profitability for growers already operating on tight margins.
The combination of high fiber quality and high yield potential is further verified by numerous University Extension Official Variety Trials (OVTs). PHY 444 WRF had the highest staple length in more than 20 head-to-head OVTs in 2015, with a 40 staple and better. It also ranked No. 1 or No. 2 for yield in those same trials.
“The long-term breeding goal of PhytoGen is to bring Acala-like quality to the Upland cotton market,” says PhytoGen Cotton Development Specialist Joel Faircloth, Ph.D. “PHY 444 WRF is certainly leading the charge with unmatched staple, micronaire and strength. By earning premiums of 3 to 5 cents per pound, producers could see a significant difference to their bottom line.”
A midseason variety, PHY 444 WRF fits well in the Cotton Belt’s southern regions, including the South Delta, South Texas, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. It is a top yielder in both dryland and irrigated production. Both PHY 333 WRF and PHY 312 WRF offer high-quality fiber in earlier-maturing varieties, while PHY 333 WRF broadly fits many geographic locations from Texas to Virginia.
PhytoGen also offers tools to help growers work smarter, especially in controlling tough weeds. PhytoGen brand varieties with WideStrike® 3 Insect Protection and the Enlist™ cotton trait in a range of maturities are now available.