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Deltapine announces new cotton varieties at NPE Summit

Deltapine Cotton announced its “Class of ‘19” varieties at their NPE (New Product Evaluator) Summit in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday.


“The Deltapine Class of 19 features a diverse group of varieties that focus on bringing regional-fit products to specific areas where farmers have expressed need,” said Keylon Gholston, Deltapine Cotton Product Manager. “We are excited about how well these new cotton varieties fit within our broader portfolio and fill needs within the broader Deltapine variety lineup.”


The Deltapine Class of 19 includes three varieties ideal for the southwestern market and a variety developed for the Mid-South and Southeast. The four new varieties feature XtendFlex technology as part of the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System, making them tolerant to three modes of action or flexible and effective weed management.


The Class of 19 varieties for Southwest geographies are:

  • DP 1948 B3XF
  • DP 1908 B3XF
  • DP 1909 XF


The Class of 19 variety for Mid-South/Southeast geographies is:

  • DP 1916 B3XF


That’s good news for Delta growers. DP 1916 B3XF will fill a need Mid-South cotton producers have for an early-maturity variety that demonstrated good fiber quality and outstanding yield potential.


Positioned for the northern areas of the Mid-South, the Carolinas and Virginia, this variety compares well to DP 1614 B2XF, but offers better early vigor and stand establishment. It is comparable in yield potential to DP 1725 B2XF and offers Bollgard 3 protection.


Each NPE variety candidate must bring a combination of improved yield, fiber quality and agronomics, including trait stack, to the market before it can be commercially named, and the Class of 19 is no exception. All four new varieties were evaluated by Deltapine NPE growers, who grew them in module, or larger, sized plots under their own management styles and growing conditions.


“The commitment we made to NPE growers when we started this program in 2008 was that we would only commercialize a variety if it performed as well as, or better than, current Deltapine varieties on the market in terms of yield, fiber quality, trait technology or disease package,” said Gholston. “Over the past decade, I think we’ve done a great job of living up to that commitment with our new varieties.”


Terry Simmons