USDA report breaks down 2000 acreage for different varieties Transgenic cotton varieties were planted on 72 percent of upland cotton acreage in the United States in 2000, according to USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. Transgenic cotton varieties are either genetically engineered for resistance to worms, herbicides or both.

According to an AMS publication, Cotton Varieties Planted, 2000 Crop, Deltapine varieties were the most popular brand planted in 2000, followed by Paymaster, Stoneville, Sure-Grow, California Planting Cotton Seed Distributors (CPCSD) and Aventis.

Deltapine accounted for 61 percent of the acreage planted in the Southeast, 46 percent of the Delta, 37 percent of the West and 18 percent of the Southwest.

The company's most popular variety was DP 451 B/RR accounting for 6.4 percent of U.S. acreage. DP 458 B/RR and NC 33 B followed with 5.7 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

Paymaster varieties accounted for 31.6 percent of U.S. acreage, including 66 percent of acreage planted in the Southwest, 16 percent of the Delta, and 6.4 percent of the Southeast. The most popular Paymaster variety was PM 2326 RR, accounting for 9.5 percent of all U.S. acreage, the most for a single variety. PM 1218 BG/RR, PM 2200 RR and HS 26 followed with 5.9 percent, 5.4 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively.

Stoneville varieties accounted for 12 percent of U.S. acreage planted in 2000, including 25.7 percent of the Delta, 8.7 percent of the Southeast, 4.9 percent of the West and 3.2 percent of the Southwest. The most popular Stoneville variety was BXN 47, which accounted for 6.6 percent of U.S. acreage.

Sure-Grow varieties accounted for 8.3 percent of U.S. acreage, including 18.6 percent of the Southeast, 9.5 percent of the Delta and 4.8 percent of the West.

CPCSD varieties accounted for 2.6 percent of U.S. acreage and was the most popular brand planted in California and Arizona in 2000. CPCSD varieties accounted for 39.8 percent of cotton acreage in the West.

Aventis' Fiber Max varieties accounted for 2.1 percent of U.S. planted acreage in 2000.

The most popular variety in Arkansas in 2000 was Stoneville's BXN 47, planted on 22 percent of the state's acreage, followed by DP 451 B/RR, 12 percent and NC 33 B, 11 percent.

The most popular variety in Louisiana was NC 33 B at 21 percent, followed by DP 451 B/RR and DP 458 B/RR, at around 18 percent each.

Missouri planted nearly 40 percent of its acreage in 2000 in Stoneville's BXN 47, followed by a conventional variety, Stoneville's ST 474, planted on about 16 percent of the state's acreage.

Mississippi planted 27 percent of its acreage in DP 451 B/RR, followed by Paymaster 1218 B/RR, planted on 15 percent of the state's acreage.

Tennessee planted a whopping 51 percent of its acreage to Paymaster 1218 B/RR, the largest percentage of a single variety planted in a state.