2019 Cotton Variety Performance

The University of Georgia works to provide producers with information on performance of cotton varieties through two programs.  The state-wide variety testing program conducts the Official Variety Trial or OVT program to evaluate yield potential of a large number of new and commercial varieties in a selected number of irrigated and dryland small plot trials.  Preliminary 2019 OVT results can be found at https://swvt.uga.edu/summer-crops/cotton.html.  The UGA On-Farm Cotton Variety Evaluation Program (OFT) compares the performance of a much smaller set of varieties, which have been proven to have a fit in Georgia, in a significantly larger number of locations in large-plot, replicated strip-trials.  We thank the many County Agents and cooperating growers who participated in the on-farm program.

Both programs provide significant clues to which varieties will likely be the best performers in 2020.  Data from the UGA On-Farm Cotton Variety Evaluation Program provides information not only on yield potential, which is one of the most important factors in choosing varieties, but consistency and stability of performance across varying yield environments.  Since the inception of this program, it has become clear that stability and consistency of performance in the past is one of the best ways to predict future performance.  All varieties evaluated in the on-farm trials have shown the potential to do well in Georgia and this program is intended to compare the “best of the best” choices for Georgia producers.

In 2019, a total of 11 varieties from five seed companies were evaluated in the 2019 UGA OFT program.  Varieties were evaluated in a total of 25 on-farm strip trials, 13 irrigated and 12 dryland locations.  Trials were planted, managed, and harvested by cooperating growers.  The trials were conducted across the Coastal Plain of Georgia, where the vast majority of cotton is produced.  Yield environments or trial averages across locations ranged from a low of 519 lbs. lint/acre to a high of 1,615 lbs. lint/acre.  Commercially harvested seedcotton samples were collected and taken to the UGA Microgin to determine lint percentage and ultimately fiber quality.  We are continuing to collect and summarize fiber quality data.  Once completed a final report of the UGA OFT data will be posted on http://www.ugacotton.com/.  Contact your County Agent for additional information on variety performance.

2019 On-Farm Cotton Variety Evaluation All Locations Average LSD (p=0.1) % Above Trial Average % Among Top 3
DG 3615 B3XF 1,206 a 68 60
DP 1646 B2XF 1,185 ab 76 52
PHY PX3B07 W3FE 1,170 ab 64 36
ST 5471 GLTP 1,165 ab 64 24
DP 1851 B3XF 1,161 bc 68 32
DP 1840 B3XF 1,140 bcd 48 40
ST 5600 B2XF 1,120 cde 44 16
PHY PX5D28B W3FE 1,119 cde 36 16
CG 19XG9B3XF 1,101 de 24 16
NG 5711 B3XF 1,086 e 28 8
NG 3930 B3XF 1,016 f 8 0

This study was conducted by UGA Extension Cotton Specialists Jared Whitaker and Mark Freeman.  This article was written by UGA Extension Entomologist Phillip Roberts.

Cotton Commission pleased with USMCA Vote

The Georgia Cotton Commission is appreciative of the recent passage of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement in the House of Representatives and is hopeful that the Senate will take up this important matter quickly when they return in 2020.

Georgia Cotton Commission Chairman Bart Davis, a cotton producer from Colquitt County, said, “this is positive news for not just cotton producers here in Georgia, but for the cotton industry at large.  Mexico and Canada are key markets for cotton, and I am hopeful that our exports to these countries will grow.”  Davis also commented that all members of Georgia’s bipartisan congressional delegation voted in favor of the agreement and thanked them for their support.

Cotton Farmers Give Back to Those in Need


The Georgia Cotton Commission, on behalf of the 3,500 cotton farming families across the State of Georgia, recently donated 12,000 pairs of socks to Atlanta Mission.

Since 1938 Atlanta Mission, a Christian nonprofit ministry, has grown from a small soup kitchen to a multi-facility organization serving Metro Atlanta’s large homeless population.  Today, Atlanta Mission provides emergency shelter, rehab and recovery services, vocational training, services, and transitional housing.  They serve more than 1,000 homeless men, women, and children every day.  They will us

e this mixed size and gender lot of socks to serve the needy men, women, youth, and infants of not only Metro Atlanta, but the state at large.

Katrina Dantism, Atlanta Mission’s Director of Partnerships & Volunteer Services, said, “”At Atlanta Mission we provide basic needs for up to 1,000 men, women, and children experiencing homelessness every day. We cannot do that without the generosity of the community. Something as basic as a new pair of socks provides these individuals with hope for a brighter future.”

Georgia Cotton Commission Chairman Bart Davis, a cotton farmer from Colquitt County, said, “As a cotton producer, it gives me great pleasure and pride to be able to give back to our state in such a meaningful way. The donation of cotton socks to the Atlanta mission helps people who truly need a little extra at this time of year.”

The Georgia Cotton Commission is a producer-funded organization located in Perry, Georgia. The Commission began in 1965. Georgia cotton producers pay an assessment enabling the Commission to invest in programs of research, promotion, and education on behalf of all cotton producers of Georgia. For more information about the Georgia Cotton Commission please call (478) 988-4235 or on the web at www.georgiacottoncommission.org.

Speakers Announced: Georgia Cotton Commission 13th Annual Meeting Jan. 29, 2020

The Georgia Cotton Commission is pleased to announce the guest speakers for the Commission’s 13th Annual Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. The annual meeting is held in conjunction with the UGA Cotton Production Workshop conducted by the UGA Research & Extension Cotton Team.

The UGA Cotton Production Workshop will feature breakout sessions where attendees will learn the latest technical production strategies from the researchers whose projects are funded by the Commission’s research program. The Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting will follow the breakout sessions and feature speakers from several industry organizations.

The program speakers are Kent Fountain, Vice Chairman, National Cotton Council of America; Melissa Bastos, Director of Market Research, Cotton Incorporated; and Hank Reichle, President & CEO, Staplcotn.

  • Kent D. Fountain, the president/CEO of Southeastern Gin and Peanut, Inc. in Surrency, Ga., served as the vice chairman of the National Cotton Council (NCC) for 2019. He was a NCC vice president from 2016-2018 and served on the NCC’s Board in 2011. Since 2010, he has served as a director of Cotton Council International, the NCC’s export promotion arm. Fountain is a past president of the National Cotton Ginners Association and the Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association and currently serves as a director for Staplcotn and the Cotton Growers Warehouse Association. The recipient of numerous honors, he received the Southeastern Ginner of the Year in 2001 and the Horace Hayden National Ginner of the Year Award in 2016. Fountain, who was a member of the NCC’s 2001-2002 Cotton Leadership Class, earned degrees from the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences.
  • Melissa Bastos is the Cotton Incorporated Director of Market Research in the Corporate Strategy and Program Metrics Department. In her role, Melissa is responsible for directing the development of corporate performance measures, corporate strategy, and strategic research including global consumer attitudinal and behavioral studies as well as product assessments, such as the Cotton Incorporated Lifestyle Monitor™ and Retail Monitor™ research, which are conducted in the US, China, Europe, Latin America and India.
  • Hank Reichle is the President & CEO of Staplcotn, one of the oldest and largest cotton marketing cooperatives in the United States. Reichle joined Staplcotn in 2004, having previously worked with Ernst & Young and The Seam.  He was named President & CEO in 2018, succeeding Meredith Allen, after serving as Vice President of Export Sales and Executive Vice President.  He serves as President of Cotton Council International; a member of the Agribusiness Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; and as a director of the National Cotton Council of America, AMCOT, and The Seam.

Following the Annual Meeting speakers, the Commission will host lunch where sponsors will be recognized, door prizes will be given away, and the Georgia Quality Cotton Awards for the 2019 crop will be awarded. The meeting, production workshop, and lunch are open to not only cotton growers, but anyone interested in the cotton industry. The UGA Cotton Production Workshop breakout sessions will be repeated after lunch.

There is no charge to attend. Pre-registration is requested to help with meal plans.  Register online at www.ugatiftonconference.caes.uga.edu or call (229) 386-3416.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Deltapine/Bayer Crop Science – John Deere
Stoneville/BASF – Phytogen/Corteva Agriscience
Allenberg Cotton Company/ProCot Cooperative/Louis Dreyfus Commodities
Alltech Crop Science – Americot, Inc.-NexGen
Choice Cotton Company – CNI – Cotton Growers Cooperative
Cotton Solutions Cooperative – Custom Ag Formulators
Farm Credit Associations of Georgia
Farm Journal/Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership
Hembree & Smith Nationwide Farm Insurance – Heliae Agriculture – Indigo Ag
Kelley Manufacturing Company – Lasseter Tractor Company
Nationwide Insurance-Agribusiness Insurance Advisors
Quail Forever
R.W. Griffin/Coffee County Gin/Four Corners Cotton Gin
Rabo AgriFinance – Rossee Oil Company – SePRO Corporation
Southeast AgNet – Staplcotn – Syngenta – Tidewater Equipment Company Triangle Chemical Company – Valent USA – Valley Irrigation Yara US
Zimmatic Irrigation

NCC Urges Swift USMCA Passage

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The National Cotton Council (NCC) is pleased with the deal on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) reached today between the Administration, Congress and the governments of Mexico and Canada and urges swift Congressional approval.

NCC Chairman Mike Tate said, “This trade agreement will provide an additional $2.2 billion in U.S. economic activity and freer markets/fairer trade. Importantly, it will restore important trade certainty in the North American market which represents significant export market share for both U.S. cotton and cotton textile products.”

Mexico is the second largest export market for U.S. cotton textile/apparel products and Canada is the fourth largest for these goods. Mexico also is a top market for U.S. raw cotton.

The Alabama cotton producer noted that the USMCA, which updates and modifies the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), includes a textile chapter that offers significant improvements for domestic textile manufacturers and workers, including a stronger rule of origin for certain regional textile products and strong customs enforcement language.

The NCC also agrees with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s statement that this agreement will benefit American workers, farmers, and ranchers for years to come and be the model for American trade deals going forward.