The Deltapine brand of upland cottonseed was the most popular planted in the United States in 2012, while PHY 499 WRF was the No. 1 cotton variety planted, according to the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service’s Cotton and Tobacco Programs.

The Bayer CropScience FiberMax brand was the second most popular followed by PhytoGen, Americot, Bayer CropScience Stoneville, All-Tex and Dyna-Gro.

The Top 10 varieties planted in 2012 were PHY 499 WRF, planted on 9.65 percent of U.S. acres, DP 1044 B2RF, 7.16 percent, PHY 375 WRF, 5.44 percent, FM 9170 B2F, 4.7 percent, DP 0912 B2RF, 4.28 percent, FM 1740 B2F, 4.11 percent, ST 5458 B2RF 3.86 percent, DP 1050 B2RF, 3.75 percent, FM 2484 B2F, 3.48 percent and Epic RF, 3.17 percent

Deltapine brand varieties were the most popular planted in 2012, accounting for 28.2 percent of U.S. acreage. This brand accounted for 42 percent of the acreage planted in the Southeast, 34 percent in the Mid-South, 20.5 percent in the Southwest and 33.4 percent in the West.

Deltapine’s most popular varieties were DP 1044 B2RF, DP 0912 B2RF, DP 1050 B2RF, and DP 1048 B2RF, accounting respectively for 7.2, 4.3, 3.8, and 2.9 percent of the U.S. upland cotton acreage.

Bayer CropScience FiberMax brand varieties were the second most popular planted in 2012, accounting for 24.5 percent of U.S. cotton acreage. These varieties accounted for 5.2 percent of the acreage planted in the Southeast, 3.3 percent in the Mid-South, 39.1 percent in the Southwest, and 19.8 percent in the West.

The most popular Bayer CropScience FiberMax varieties were FM 9170 B2F, FM 1740 B2F, FM 2484 B2F and FM 9063 B2F, accounting respectively for about 4.7, 4.1, 3.5, and 1.9 percent of U.S. acreage planted to Upland cotton.

PhytoGen brand varieties were the third most popular planted in 2012, accounting for 18.4 percent of U.S. acreage. They accounted for 41.8 percent of the acreage planted in the Southeast, 19.4 percent of the acreage in the Mid-South, 8 percent in the Southwest and 33.7 percent in the West.

The most popular PhytoGen brand varieties were PHY 499 WRF, PHY 375 WRF, and PHY 367 WRF, accounting respectively for 9.7, 5.4, and 1.7 percent of U.S. acreage planted to upland cotton.

Americot brand varieties were the fourth most popular planted in 2012, accounting for about 11.2 percent of acreage planted. They accounted for 1.3 percent of the acreage planted in Southeast, 3.2 percent of the acreage in the Mid-South and 18.3 percent in the Southwest.

The most popular Americot varieties were NG 4012 B2RF, NG 4111 RF and NG 3348 B2RF, accounting respectively for 3.0, 1.8, and 1.6 percent of U.S. acreage planted to upland cotton.

Bayer CropScience Stoneville brand varieties were the fifth most popular accounting for about 10 percent of U.S. acreage planted in 2012.

All-Tex varieties were the sixth most popular and accounted for about 4.7 percent of the 2012 cotton acreage. Dyna-Gro varieties were the seventh most popular and accounted for about 2.4 percent of the 2012 cotton acreage.

PhytoGen was the most popular brand of American Pima varieties planted in 2012. PhytoGen variety PHY 805 RF accounted for 48.8 percent of the United States Pima acreage and was the most popular variety planted in California (52.3 percent of California Pima acreage). PhytoGen’s PHY 802 RF was the second most planted American Pima variety and accounted for 12.7 percent of the U.S. crop. Deltapine’s DP 340 was the next most popular variety and accounted for 12.3 percent of the U.S. Pima acreage.

Bayer CropScience FM 958 and AFD 2485 were the predominate varieties planted by organic cotton producers. Other varieties planted by organic producers include All-Tex 7A21, All-Tex LA122, All-Tex A102, Bayer CropScience FM 989, and Seed Source Genetics CT 210.B15.

Transgenic varieties, those genetically engineered varieties resistant to worms, herbicides, or both, accounted for about 99 percent of upland cotton planted in the United States in 2012. Usage of transgenic varieties in 2012 varied from a high of 100 percent in Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi, to a low of 93 percent in California. Other states planted from 95-99 percent transgenic.

Estimates of the percentage of the various varieties of cotton planted in the United States for 2012 were based on informal surveys of ginners, seed dealers, Extension agents, and other knowledgeable sources.