|Waiting for our food at the restaurant...Daniel just happened to have some reading to do...|
Last year in the Concho Valley, one particular brand and variety, Deltapine 1044 seemed to beat all the rest in both production and quality. Unfortunately, we didn't plant that variety. We planted a variety that has been a top producer with excellent quality for several years, but just didn't hold up to the low humidity and high heat of 2012, FiberMax 1740. Daniel likes to choose a variety that has a good showing from farm to farm in the farmer field trials. Not the one that suddenly jumps out of no where to the front of one trial and not the one that lags at the bottom of all the trials.
|I am pulling for one of the new-comers this year!|
Another vital issue is insect pressure. Every storm from the south can bring in a new crop of boll worms. These vile little creatures can strip a cotton plant clean in a matter of a few days. That makes the bollworm resistant genetic trait (Bt) very important in the decision. Thanks to the Bt trait, our farms have been insecticide free for five years. A friend of ours decided three years ago to forego the Bt trait and planted conventional cottonseed. He had to spray his fields four times with insecticide and still lost over 30% of the crop. My brother-in-law farms cotton up on the plains north of here where there is very little insect pressure. He plants cottonseed every year that does not contain the Bt genetic trait. For us the choice is Bt genetics or lots of insecticide.
|Here's hoping this will be waiting for Daniel's cotton stripper this fall!|