Product manager for FiberMax and Stoneville cotton, Jeff Brehmer, recently discussed new cotton varieties for the 2013 growing season from Bayer CropScience with Randall Weismann:
“We have three varieties that are key for that area, two of them farmers have seen and one of them is new. The two that have been seen are FiberMax 1944 GLB2- you can spray glyphosate or LibertyLink herbicide; and FiberMax 1845 LLB2 – LibertyLink herbicide can be sprayed over that. Those varieties have great fiber yield potential, they are early to medium maturity. Then for farmers who want something later, we have a full season variety that we just advanced, Stoneville 6448 GLB2. It has great fiber quality and good staple length. It has glytol LibertyLink technology for full season, it’s something that the southeast has been waiting for and we are excited to deliver it.
There will be a pretty good supply for the introductory year and we should get a lot of farmers looking at that variety. This variety has been tested in the area on the farm and its showing exceptional yield potential, especially in dry land situations. It has the full season that many were used to years ago. This Stoneville 6448 GLB2 is a nice compliment with the FiberMax 1944 GLB2, that one is a little shorter season, maybe more aggressive under a high irrigation, high management situation.”
Jeff Brehmer, product manager for FiberMax and Stoneville Cotton for Bayer CropScience