What technology does Monsanto have coming down the pike? For 2012 or 2013, Albers says Deltapine’s Western variety emphasis will strongly focus on yield and fiber quality with heat tolerance. Monsanto is also developing a three-way stack for herbicide resistance tolerance in Dicamba, glufosinate and Roundup Ready Flex.

Also in the pipeline is Bollgard III technology for improved traits for resistance management and pest and disease control, including root-knot and reniform nematodes plus wilt diseases.

According to a Bayer CropScience (BCS) press release, BCS’ Stoneville and FiberMax cotton seed brands were planted on 52 percent of U.S. cotton acres in 2010.

FiberMax is the No. 1 planted seed brand in the nation.

Bayer’s statements are based on the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s “Cotton Varieties Planted 2010 Crop” report.

In Arizona, the report says Deltapine varieties were planted on 53.1 percent of the acreage in 2010, followed by Bayer Crop Science with 38.7 percent, Phytogen with 5.2 percent of the acreage, and other brands at 3 percent.

Tony Salcido, Bayer CropScience’s Arizona field production manager, says Stoneville’s SP 4498 B2RF is the brand’s germplasm workhorse which has put the Stoneville name on the map in Arizona over the last five years.

“ST 4498 B2RF is very adaptable to all cotton-growing regions in Arizona,” Salcido said. “The variety has great seed vigor and requires fewer inputs to produce an excellent cotton crop.”

ST 4498 B2RF is a top yielder in Arizona. Salcido says Gila River Farms, located in the Gila River Indian Community in Sacaton in central Arizona, averaged 4.2 bales of cotton last year with the variety planted on 2,300 acres. More than 300 acres netted 5 bales or higher per acre.

“The fiber package in ST 4498 B2RF is premium quality with strength and length in the 36-37 range,” Salcido said. “Micronaire is in the 4.6 to 4.7 range.”

BCS’ ST 4288 B2F, a premium high-fiber variety, last year averaged 3.5 to 4 bales in Arizona commercial production, Salcido said. The variety is a good fit for all cotton-growing regions in the state.

In BCS’ FiberMax line, Salcido says FM 9170 B2F is also a good fit across Arizona. The variety is widely grown in Texas where the variety increased yields by 30 percent to 40 percent.

“FM 9170 B2F is very attractive to merchants,” Salcido said. “The variety has been grown in Arizona for two years with yields in the 3.5 to 4 bale/acre range statewide.”

On the technology front, Salcido says BCS will release GlyTol, a single gene glyphosate-resistant trait in 2011 in its FiberMax FM 9101 GT and FM 9103 GT varieties.

“GlyTol is designed to give growers a choice as an over-the-top herbicide treatment designed to control the broadleaf weed spectrum,” Salcido said.