The Deltapine brand of upland cottonseed was the most popular planted in the United States for the 2008 season, according to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Cotton Program. The FiberMax brand was the second most popular, followed by Stoneville, PhytoGen, Americot, All-Tex, and Dyna-Gro.

Estimates of the percentage of the various varieties of cotton planted in the United States for 2008 were based on informal surveys made by the Cotton Program Classing Offices. Those surveyed included ginners, seed dealers, Extension agents, and other knowledgeable sources.

Transgenic varieties, genetically engineered varieties resistant to worms, herbicides, or both, accounted for about 94.6 percent of the upland cotton planted in the United States in 2008. Usage of transgenic varieties in 2008 varied from a high of 100 percent in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee to a low of 71.3 percent in California. Other states planted from 95 to 99 percent transgenic except for Texas, 89.9 percent.

Deltapine brand varieties accounted for about 41.5 percent of U.S. cotton acreage in 2008. The brand accounted for 75.8 percent of the acreage planted in the Southeast, 53.3 percent in the Mid-South, 17 percent in the Southwest and 47.5 percent in the West. Deltapine’s most popular varieties were DP 555 BG/RR, DP 444 BG/RR, DP 164 B2RF, and DP 445 BG/RR, accounting respectively for 17.2 percent, 5.9 percent, 4.7 percent, and 3.9 percent of U.S. upland cotton acreage.

FiberMax brand varieties were the second most popular planted in 2008, accounting for about 32.1 percent of U.S. cotton acreage. FiberMax varieties accounted for 1.9 percent of the acreage planted in the Southeast, about 1 percent in the Mid-South, 65.9 percent in the Southwest and 14.11 percent in the West. The most popular FiberMax varieties were FM 9068 F, FM 9603 B2F, FM 9180 B2F, and FM 958, accounting respectively for about 7.1 percent, 7 percent, 2.9 percent, and 2.6 percent of U.S. acreage planted to upland cotton.

Stoneville brand varieties were the third most popular planted in 2008, accounting for about 14.2 percent of cotton acreage planted. Stoneville varieties accounted for 12 percent of the acreage planted in the Southeast, 38.7 percent in the Mid-South, 2.6 percent in the Southwest and 8 percent in the West. The most popular Stoneville varieties were ST 4554 B2RF, ST 4427 B2RF, and ST 5242 BR accounting respectively for about 7.9 percent, 1.4 percent, and 1.4 percent of acreage planted to upland cotton.

PhytoGen brand varieties were the fourth most popular planted in 2008, accounting for about 4.1 percent of U.S. cotton acreage. PhytoGen brands accounted for 7.4 percent of the acreage planted in the Southeast, 4.2 percent in the Mid-South, less than 1 percent in the Southwest and 27.8 percent in the West. The most popular PhytoGen brand varieties were PHY 485 WRF and PHY 370 WR, accounting respectively for about 1.4 percent and 0.7 percent of U.S. acreage planted to upland cotton.

Americot brand varieties were the next most popular and accounted for about 2.7 percent of the U.S. acreage planted in 2008. All-Tex brand varieties were the next most popular and accounted for about 1.8 percent of the U.S. acreage planted in 2008. Dyna-Gro varieties were the seventh most popular and accounted for about 1.5 percent of the 2008 cotton acreage.

In the Mid-South, ST 4554 B2RF was the most planted variety in Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri. DP 444 BG/RR was the most-planted variety in Tennessee, while DP 555 BG/RR was the most planted in Louisiana.

In Georgia and Florida, growers planted a little over 85 percent of their cotton acreage to DP 555 BG/RR.

PhytoGen was the most popular brand of American Pima varieties planted in 2008. PhytoGen variety PHY 800 Pima accounted for 66.9 percent of U.S. Pima acreage and was the most popular variety planted in California, at 73.9 percent.

Deltapine’s DP 340 Pima was the second most planted American Pima variety and accounted for 22.9 percent of the U.S. crop. Deltapine’s DP 744 Pima was the next most popular variety and accounted for 7.4 percent of U.S. Pima acreage.

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