Phytogen Pima and Acala varieties continue to dominate San Joaquin Valley cotton acreage.

Forty-five percent of the SJV cotton acreage was in conventional PHY 72 Acala. Two other Phytogen varieties, PHY 710R and PHY 78 combined for more than 15 percent of the acreage, giving the Dow AgroSciences seed company 60 percent of the SJV cotton acreage last season.

The only other player in the valley is California Planting Cotton Seed Distributors (CPCSD) with 36 percent of the market split among six varieties. The leader was Acala Riata RR with 16 percent of the valley acreage.

PHY 800 Pima absolutely dominated the Extra Long Staple market with almost 61 percent of the acreage in the Texas/New Mexico/Arizona and California Pima Belt. PHY 800 captured almost 70 percent of the Pima acreage in California.

Deltapine DP 744 was a distant second with less than nine percent of the SJV Pima acreage. The Deltapine Pima did capture almost 14 percent of the Pima belt acreage.

The most popular cotton variety in the United States in 2005 was Deltapine's DP 555 BG/RR, planted on almost 18 percent of U.S. cotton acreage.

However, “Triple Nickel” hardly showed up on the radar screen in Arizona. The dominate upland there was 449 BG/RR with 31 percent of the acreage and its cousin, DP 448B

DP 444 BG/RR was second most widely planted in the U.S. at 13 percent followed by Stoneville's ST 5599 BR, 7.6 percent.