A lack of water is the most limiting factor that cotton farmers face. The recent U.S. droughts and has forced farmers to make tough decisions about crop production and water management. Deltapine® understands the importance of water and is committed to increasing yield while using fewer resources.
For the last 5 years, Deltapine® has been conducting industry leading water utilization research. This has helped our team better understand variety placement and product fit in the U.S. Cotton Belt. Looking forward, Deltapine is committed to commercializing varieties that produce more pounds of cotton per inch of water by:
- Understanding the impact of limited water at a variety level
- Providing growers the best variety recommendation to help maximize profit potential
- Breeding advancements resulting in the best in class product pipeline
The latest Deltapine varieties will target some of the biggest challenges that growers face each year. The droughts of 2011 and 2012 has confirmed the need for Deltapine's research in increasing water-use efficiency in its cotton varieties. To accomplish this goal, the company uses a two-pronged approach: variety breeding and biotechnology development. Currently, there are approximately 40 locations where Deltapine is testing water-use efficiency in cotton.
Monsanto has two research facilities that focus on the systems-based approach to cotton farming.
At the Scott Learning Center in Scott, Miss., Monsanto researchers focus on the best agronomic practices for cotton germplasm and traits for farmers in the South.
In 2010, Monsanto opened a research site in Lubbock, Texas, further strengthening the company’s dedication to cotton research. The Monsanto Texas Cotton Breeding and Technology Center provides a central point for the company’s breeding and testing programs in the High Plains region.