The excitement of dollar cotton could put cotton right back in the acreage conversation when 2011 planting season rolls around. For the first time since corn and soybean prices started their meteoric rise earlier this decade, cotton prices have achieved a level competitive with those crops.

Seed companies have announced a number of new cotton varieties and/or traits for 2011, which are detailed below. So get a cup of coffee or a glass of tea, sit back and see which ones might fit your farming operation. Variety descriptions were provided by seed companies. The description of AR 48 was provided by University of Arkansas plant breeder Fred Bourland. The following list includes cotton varieties adapted to the Southeast, Southwest and Mid-South.

Americot

For the 2011 season, the Lubbock-based company Americot will launch three NexGen varieties: NG 4010 B2RF, NG 4012 B2RF and NG 4111 RF, and one new Americot variety: AM 1511 B2RF (tested as AMX 001 B2RF).

NG 4010 B2RF is a Bollgard II, Roundup Ready Flex variety that is a high yielder with an excellent fiber package, staple range of 36-38, strength 30-32, and micronaire 4.0-4.5. This mid-maturity variety is a smooth-leaf cotton. NG 4010 B2RF also provides proven Verticillium wilt tolerance and excellent seedling vigor. Growers are urged to start management with high water and fertility at pinhead square.

NG 4012 B2RF is also a Bollgard II, Roundup Ready Flex variety. It offers an excellent fiber package, staple 36-38, strength 30-32, and micronaire, 4.0-4.5. This mid-maturity variety is a smooth-leaf cotton. NG 4012 B2RF provides excellent seedling vigor, and its growth is slightly more aggressive than NG 4010 B2RF and could require more plant growth regulator applications.

NG 4111 RF is a straight Flex sister line to NG 4010 B2RF. It is a high yielder with an excellent fiber package, staple range of 36-38, strength 30-32, and micronaire, 4. This mid-maturity variety is a smooth-leaf cotton. NG 4010 B2RF also provides proven Verticillium wilt tolerance and excellent seedling vigor. Growers are urged to start management with high water and fertility at pinhead square.

AM 1511 B2RF is a Bollgard II, Roundup Ready Flex variety that features excellent yield potential and an excellent fiber package, staple range of 36-37, strength 29-30, and micronaiare, 4.4-4.8. This early-mid maturity variety is a medium to tall plant and a semi-smooth leaf cotton. AM 1511 B2RF has performed very well in the north Delta, the Carolinas and Virginia. AM 1511 B2RF has excellent seedling vigor and provides proven Fusariumwilt tolerance and moderate Verticillium wilt tolerance.

For more information, go to www.americot.com.