Liberty Link Cotton
Today we are joined by Rob Flemming, Halifax County farmer and cotton grower. Rob, lets talk about why you chose LiberyLink cotton:
“I chose it simply because some of the weeds that we have on our farm are resistant to the Round Up ready system. LibertyLink seems to be a good fit on my farm.”
What characteristics and genetics did LibertyLink offer you that you wanted?
“LibertyLink, whether its in Stoneville or FiberMax, has very good fiber traits, fiber quality, and the cotton does very well on my farms.”
Speaking of yield, how did it yield in comparison to other varieties that you have used in the past?
“Luckily this 2012 cropping season was very good. There was no drought and we had excess rain. There was no difference in a lot of the LibertyLink varieties, except for one, my FiberMax 1944 did perform very well. It was around 1630 pounds per acre.”
How has weed resistance impacted your farm?
“Weed resistance became a really big issue 2-3 years ago. They moved in on us from neighboring counties. We knew it was going to be a problem so we started using residual herbicides to help beat down some of the resistance.”
What would you say to another grower that is thinking of getting into the LibertyLink system?
“I would really encourage that they use residual herbicides along with Liberty to protect the system. Liberty is a great chemical and works extremely well.”