Recently, Cotton Inc. has partnered with SeedMatrix to provide research trial data on new cotton varieties to producers. Bob Nichols, Sr. Director of Agricultural Research & Environmental Sciences for Cotton Inc. tells us more:
“SeedMatrix is a very well known and respected firm that provides variety evaluation data, they work in cotton, soybeans, corn and rice. Cotton Incorporated has chosen to work with SeedMatrix to present data that we have developed to aid growers in looking at the evaluation of new varieties that are just coming on the market.
When you go to the SeedMatrix site, Cotton Incorporated is providing free registration to cotton growers and other members in the technical community. On the site, you will do a standard log in with username and password. You will come to a screen with some options. The simplest one is called ‘single trials’, there is a very large inventory of cotton variety trials conducted in the US.
The ones we are particularly interested are trials that we have intentionally done and funded with the cotton specialists that is very agronomically robust.
Varieties come out very fast and in many cases will come on the market with no third party information. So we are trying to catch up. There is a partnership with Cotton Inc and the cotton specialists, where we will fund trials. We will try to pick the standard varieties, the ones that are most commonly grown and the ones that we think will be the strongest.
We will narrow that down to about 10-12 varieties and put them on large plot trials with three replications.
The kind of information you will find on this site will be: location, soil type, some conditions of culture, yield data and fiber quality data. In additional there are analytical tools where you can look at variety versus variety. You can manipulate the data to see types of trials or trials in given areas. You can see how a trial may have competed nationally or regionally.”