For the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture ranked a PhytoGen brand variety with the Enlist cotton trait (W3FE) among this year’s 10 most planted. Two more W3FE varieties rounded out the top 20. Building on that momentum for 2019, PhytoGen is offering growers a full portfolio of these Enlist varieties in a broad range of maturities.
“For every pocket of the Cotton Belt, we’ll have W3FE varieties that fit — all with bacterial blight resistance,” said Joel Faircloth, PhytoGen U.S. Cotton Portfolio Manager.
With the 2019 portfolio, PhytoGen completes a full integration of advanced trait technologies WideStrike 3 Insect Protection and the Enlist cotton trait across its portfolio. Every one of the PhytoGen brand varieties has PhytoGen Breeding Traits for built-in protection against diseases and pests.
“The complete portfolio of W3FE varieties in 2019 is the culmination of an advanced breeding effort many years in development,” said Faircloth. “We’re excited about the momentum and what the future holds for cotton growers and for PhytoGen.”
New 200 series
The very popular Northern High Plains variety, PhytoGen brand PHY 250 W3FE returns, accompanied by a new 200 series W3FE. These two early maturing PhytoGen brand varieties offer excellent, consistent yield and fiber quality. These smooth leaf, shorter stature varieties are best suited to areas with moderate to good water and medium to heavy soils. Both are storm-tolerant and carry the PhytoGen Breeding Trait for excellent verticillium wilt tolerance.
Addition to popular 300 series
PhytoGen expands the widely planted 300 series varieties launched last year — PhytoGen brand PHY 300 W3FE, PHY 330 W3FE and PHY 340 W3FE. For 2019, the company launches PhytoGen brand PHY 320 W3FE and PHY 350 W3FE to round out the exceptionally performing 300 series.
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“Our 300 series has broad adaptation across the Cotton Belt, and all offer bacterial blight resistance and high yield potential,” said Faircloth. “They’ve been great fits where the popular PHY 333 WRF and PHY 312 WRF have worked in the past.”
PhytoGen brand variety PHY 350 W3FE is very broadly adapted and in high demand across the Cotton Belt. While PHY 320 W3FE is also broadly adapted, it’s a standout in the Midsouth. Both products offer root-knot-nematode resistance.
More 400s for 2019
PhytoGen will add three new 400 series varieties in 2019 — PhytoGen brand PHY 430 W3FE, PHY 440 W3FE and PHY 480 W3FE. These midmaturing varieties all provide bacterial blight resistance while PHY 440 W3FE and PHY 480 W3FE also feature root-knot-nematode resistance (RKN).
“PHY 430 W3FE has the potential for exceptional yield. It’s broadly adapted across the Cotton Belt, but the primary fit is in the Delta and the Southeast. It will do very well, particularly on strong ground,” Faircloth said.
“While PHY 440 W3FE has the potential for exceptional fiber quality like PHY 444 WRF, it will be an exceptional variety in fuller-season environments where they can maximize fiber quality, such as South Texas and Georgia,” he said.
Five PhytoGen brand varieties, including PHY 440 W3FE, were among the top eight cottonseed varieties most resistant to RKN in a recent Texas A&M University RKN variety trial. In the trial, PhytoGen brand PHY 480 W3FE ranked as the No. 1 best RKN-resistant variety in the Upland market.
“PHY 480 W3FE has broad shoulders — it’s a variety that is broadly adapted and has a high level of root-knot-nematode resistance. It travels very well, and the canopy closes quickly. And it is a very manageable plant that handles periods of stress very well,” Faircloth said.
PhytoGen will again offer high-performing PHY 450 W3FE and PHY 490 W3FE. The primary areas of adaptation for these PhytoGen brand varieties are the southwestern Cotton Belt.
A new 500 series W3FE variety rounds out the broad W3FE portfolio PhytoGen is offering to help growers thrive in 2019.
Most planted Pima and Acala cotton varieties
With 75 percent of the western U.S. cotton acres planted to PhytoGen, the company will again offer the popular Acala variety PhytoGen brand PHY 764 WRF. In addition, growers can choose from Pima varieties PhytoGen brand PHY 841 RF, PHY 881 RF and PHY 888 RF. All PhytoGen Pima varieties have the PhytoGen Breeding Trait for Fusarium (FOV) Race 4 tolerance.
For more information about high-quality Pima and Acala varieties or new 2019 PhytoGen W3FE varieties and PhytoGen Breeding Traits for your farm, contact your local PhytoGen territory manager or PhytoGen cotton development specialist or visit the website at.