Cotton: Phytogen Goes Into 2017 With Ample Traits

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    The latest lineup of PhytoGen brand cotton varieties offers growers more and better in-plant, native trait protection to help cotton thrive, protect quality and optimize yields. PhytoGen offers a multitude of options to help growers fight bacterial blight, root-knot nematodes (RKN) and verticillium wilt.

    Nationwide, growers can choose from:

    1. 12 PhytoGen brand varieties packaged with bacterial blight resistance.
    2. 10 varieties that have some level of verticillium wilt tolerance .
    3. 2 varieties with RKN resistance.

    PhytoGen also offers Pima varieties with tolerance to Fusarium Race 4.

    “PhytoGen researchers have spent years selecting for naturally occurring traits that confer a high level of tolerance to diseases that plague cotton growers,” says John Pellow, global cotton breeding leader at Dow AgroSciences.

    Most PhytoGen cottonseed currently contains these native traits, Pellow says, and additional protection is in the works. Soon varieties will contain multiple naturally occurring traits to guard against various soil borne and foliar diseases. PhytoGen brand varieties also are being developed to better tolerate various environmental stresses and reniform nematode tolerance in Upland varieties.

    “We are developing multiple genes that make each native trait less likely to develop resistance and to provide a longer lifespan of the trait. For example, starting with new releases in 2018, many more PhytoGen brand varieties will carry both RKN genes, providing better tolerance to RKN pressure,” Pellow says.

    Now with the latest technology

    All new PhytoGen brand varieties also contain the first three-gene insect trait technology — WideStrike 3 Insect Protection — which offers improved protection against cotton bollworm.

    PhytoGen cottonseed with the new Enlist cotton trait provides tolerance to Enlist Duo herbicide — a combination of new 2,4-D choline and glyphosate — as well as glufosinate, to help eliminate tough-to-control and resistant weeds.

    “We’re very excited about the future at PhytoGen. Not only do we annually advance yield and fiber quality, we are not aware of any companies advancing this many traits for yield protection,” Pellow says.

    For more about yield protection traits available from PhytoGen, access, newly optimized for computers, smartphones and tablets.

    In-depth performance results of PhytoGen brand varieties, as well as geographic-specific variety information, are now available online. Growers will also find more detailed agronomic tips on the newly redesigned PhytoGen site.

    Producers also can learn more about the new cash-back rewards program, PhytoGen Residual Rewards, or enter the Best Yielder Club for prizes.

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