For 2007, all Delta and Pine Land Company Boll Box Bulk Delivery Systems for cotton will contain 38 units of seed per box, instead of 32 units as in years past, increasing the amount of seed in each box and improving efficiency.
Since it first came onto the market, the D&PL Boll Box has offered real-time savings and economic advantages for farmers by making planting faster and easier with less labor.
Additionally, Boll Boxes have proven their value in the distribution chain where the bulk containers have made seed inventory management easier. This season the efficiencies associated with Boll Boxes are optimized.
While all Boll Boxes will be filled with 38 units per box, the total number of seeds per Boll Box will vary, depending on whether the variety designation begins with DP or PM. All Boll Boxes containing DP varieties will be filled with 38, 250,000-seed-count units for a total of 9.5 million seeds per box. Boll Boxes containing PM varieties will be filled with 38, 220,000-seed-count units for a total of 8.36 million seeds per box.
PM varieties will be packaged in 220,000 seed-count units in 2007, because on average have a larger-sized seed than DP varieties.
The price per bag and the price per Boll Box of the PM varieties will reflect the fact they contain fewer seeds.
An increase in the number of seeds in all Boll Boxes, however, means producers can plant additional acres no matter which variety they choose.
“Producers continue to tell us they want to plant from Boll Box systems, so in addition to putting more seeds into each box, D&PL is also increasing the total number of Boll Boxes available for 2007,” said Charles Michell, vice-president of U.S. operations for D&PL.