• Seed
  • Dec 22, 2020

Select Cotton Seed That Fits Your Management

Cotton field

As a cotton farmer, you’re probably assessing this past season, including whether yield and quality outcomes, crop protection and nutrient programs, seed performance and, most importantly, your overall ROI achieved what you wanted. Of course, everything starts with choosing the best cotton seed for your specific acres. Here are some factors to consider when selecting your cotton seed for 2021.

 

1. Determine the ROI potential of your seed options.

As with any crop, you’re always looking at what’s going to deliver the highest profit. Yield per pound is what pays the bills, so most farmers want a high-yielding variety. But don’t forget to consider the stability of that seed. Yield and ROI potential are important, but also know how your cotton varieties fit within your farm’s production system: for example, your fertility practices, your irrigation capabilities and how you apply plant growth regulators.

 

2. Don’t discount the quality of your cotton.

Choosing a seed that will deliver on fiber quality is critical. Quality is something that textile mills weigh heavily when making decisions about who to purchase cotton from, and mills are buying U.S.-grown cotton because of the high quality of the cotton fiber produced here. Be sure to choose genetics that provide adequate boll protection to guard against diseases and pests in your area and protect the plant’s fiber quality, as well as fit well with your management.

 

3. Compare insect protection and weed control capabilities.

Know how many acres you can spray on a regular basis if you have an outbreak of cotton bollworms and if you need to choose a specialized technology to ensure you have adequate protection. For weed control, we now have an approved dicamba label for cotton for a number of products. If you don’t use dicamba technology on your acres, you have other options with Roundup Ready® Bollgard® varieties and Liberty® Herbicide.

 

Whatever you choose, be sure to overlap residuals and ensure the product is doing a good job from a preemergence and postemergence application standpoint. Mixing in other modes of action helps ensure optimal efficacy.

 

4. Invest in new varieties.

While it’s smart to invest in reliable varieties in your crop mix that you’ve planted before, are known quantities and fit well with your management practices, it’s also good to try new varieties that contain advanced genetics and provide better yield potential.

 

We have several new cotton varieties that are showing exciting results in testing. WinField United introduced a new variety in small quantities last spring, which is now known as Armor® 9210 B3XF. We’re hearing excellent field reports from growers and retailers on its performance. It’s an early- to mid-maturity variety with excellent fiber quality and proven yield potential. This variety will be out in larger quantities in 2021. A good complement to 9210 is Armor 9608 B3XF, which is a medium maturity variety that has proven, consistent performance.

 

Additionally, two new varieties tested in 2020 show exciting promise for 2021. One is an early- to mid-season variety, Armor 9371 B3XF, which is broadly adapted to the Mid-South and Southeast. The other product, Armor 9831 B3XF, is a full-season variety for the lower Mid-South but will also be a great fit in southern Alabama and Georgia.

 

A number of new cotton varieties are also more water-use efficient, as farmers are looking for seed that will help them achieve the same amount of yield with less water, particularly in the Southwest. Be sure to choose varieties from several different maturities in order to spread your risk out over the season.

 

5. Have confidence in the Armor brand of cotton seed.

In July 2020, WinField United moved its cotton seed business from the CROPLAN® brand to the Armor brand. As a regional brand based in Arkansas, Armor seed is uniquely positioned to offer personalized service to cotton growers, address the challenges they face and help move the industry forward. Armor cotton seed is backed by the full support of WinField United research, innovation and product development, as well as agronomic expertise and a strong retail network. Talk with your local trusted advisor about how Armor cotton seed can fit into your farm plan for 2021 and beyond.

 
 
 

All photos are either the property of WinField United or used with permission.

 

Important: Before use always read and follow label instructions. Crop performance is dependent on several factors many of which are beyond the control of WinField United, including without limitation, soil type, pest pressures, agronomic practices, and weather conditions. Growers are encouraged to consider data from multiple locations, over multiple years, and be mindful of how such agronomic conditions could impact results.

 

© 2020 WinField United. Armor®, CROPLAN® and WinField® are trademarks of WinField United.
Bollgard® and Roundup Ready® are registered trademarks of Bayer.
Liberty® is a registered trademark of BASF.

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