DP 0912 B2RF was the most popular cotton variety planted in the Mid-South this year, according to Cotton Varieties Planted 2013 Crop  compiled by USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service’s Cotton and Tobacco Program. The variety was planted on 14 percent of Mid-South acreage. PHY 499 WRF was second, at 12.6 percent of Mid-South acreage, followed by PHY 375 WRF, at 11.8 percent.
Nationally, PHY 499 WRF was the most popular cotton variety across all U.S. acres, followed by DP 1044 B2RF, DP 1252 B2RF, FM 2484 B2F and PHY 375 WRF.
The Bayer CropScience FiberMax brand was the second most popular brand in the United States followed by PhytoGen, Americot, Bayer CropScience Stoneville, Dyna-Gro, and All-Tex.
Deltapine brand varieties accounted for 33.4 percent of U.S. acreage. This brand accounted for 53.5 percent of the acreage planted in the Southeast, 31.2 percent the Mid-South, 25.5 percent in the Southwest and 36.7 percent in the West.
Deltapine’s most popular varieties were DP 1044 B2RF, DP 1252 B2RF, DP 1050 B2RF and DP 1219 B2RF, accounting respectively for 8.6 percent, 4.3 percent, 3.7 percent and 3.2 percent of the U.S. upland cotton acreage.
Bayer CropScience FiberMax brand varieties were the second most popular planted in 2013, accounting for 25.31 percent of U.S. acreage. These varieties accounted for 5.8 percent of the acreage planted in the Southeast, 7.2 percent in the Mid-South, 38 percent in the Southwest and 19.5 percent in the West. The most popular Bayer CropScience FiberMax varieties were FM 2484 B2F, FM 9063 B2F, FM 1944 GLB2 and FM 1740 B2F, accounting respectively for 4.1 percent, 3 percent, 3 percent and 3 percent of the U.S. acreage planted to upland cotton.
PhytoGen brand varieties were the third most popular planted in 2013, accounting for 16.3 percent of U.S. acreage. They accounted for 32.2 percent of the acreage planted in the Southeast, 26.5 percent of the acreage in the Mid-South, 6.7 percent in the Southwest and 28.3 percent in the West. The most popular PhytoGen brand varieties were PHY 499 WRF, PHY 375 WRF and PHY 367 WRF, accounting respectively for 9.4 percent, 3.8 percent and 1.9 percent of the U.S. acreage planted to upland cotton.
Americot brand varieties were the fourth most popular planted in 2013. These varieties accounted for 12.5 percent of U.S. acreage planted. They accounted for 0.9 percent of the acreage planted in the Southeast, 3.2 percent of the acreage in the Mid-South and 20.2 percent in the Southwest. The most popular Americot varieties were NG 4111RF, NG 1511 B2RF and NG 3348 B2RF accounting respectively for 3.6 percent, 3.1 percent and 1.9 percent of U.S. acreage planted to upland cotton.
Bayer CropScience Stoneville brand varieties were the fifth most popular and accounted for about 7.5 percent of the U.S. acreage planted in 2013. They were planted on 30.8 percent of the acres in the Mid-South, 6 percent of the acreage in the Southeast, 2.4 percent of the acreage in the Southwest and 10.7 percent of the acreage in the West.
Dyna-Gro varieties were the sixth most popular and accounted for about 2.6 percent of the 2013 cotton acreage. Dyna-Gro varieties were planted on 3.84 percent of the acres in the Southwest and 2 percent of the acreage in the West.
All-Tex varieties were the seventh most popular and accounted for about 1.4 percent of the 2013 cotton acreage. The All-Tex brand was planted on 2.4 percent of the acreage in the Southwest.
PhytoGen was the most popular brand of American Pima varieties planted in 2013. PhytoGen variety PHY 805 RF accounted for 52.6 percent of the U.S. Pima acreage and was the most popular variety planted in California, with 55.4 percent of the California Pima acreage. PhytoGen’s PHY 802 RF was the second most-planted American Pima variety and accounted for 15.6 percent of the U.S. crop. Deltapine’s DP 340 was the next most popular variety and accounted for 7.6 percent of the U.S. Pima acreage.
Bayer CropScience FM 958, AFD 2485, and Deltapine 340 were the predominate varieties planted by organic cotton producers. Other varieties planted by organic producers include All-Tex A102, All-Tex 7A21, All-Tex LA122, Americot UA48, Bayer CropScience FM 989, Downer Cotton Genetics DCG 1374, Seed Source Genetics CT 210, and Stoneville LA 887.
The most popular varieties in the Southeast were PHY 499 WRF, 23 percent, DP 1252 B2RF, 15.7 percent and DP 1050 B2RF, 15.1 percent.
The most popular varieties in the Southwest were DP 1044 B2RF, 13.2 percent, FM 2484 B2F, 6.86 percent and NG 4111 RF, 6.17 percent. The most popular varieties planted in the West were DP 1044 B2RF, 21.2 percent, PHY 499 WRF, 7.1 percent and DP 1219 B2RF, 5.46 percent.
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Transgenic varieties – which are genetically engineered varieties resistant to worms, herbicides, or both – accounted for about 99 percent of the upland cotton planted in the United States in 2013.
In 2013, transgenic cotton varieties were used on 100 percent of the acres in 15 of 17 cotton producing states – Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Producers in Texas planted 99 percent transgenic varieties and California planted 97 percent.
Estimates of varieties of cotton planted in the United States for 2013 were based on informal surveys made by AMS. Those surveyed included ginners, seed dealers and Extension agents.