The Stacks: FiberMax FM 9250GL and FM 2989GLB2 Offer New Flexibility to Growers

As glyphosate resistant weeds have placed increased pressure on yields, growers are anxious to find flexible weed management alternatives.

Crop Science has delivered another first to American agriculture. In 2011 Bayer commercialized GlyTol® trait technology stacked with the LibertyLink® trait in cotton to give growers new flexibility in their on-farm weed management programs. It's a true cotton industry first. FM 9250GL and FM 2989GLB2 feature outstanding crop safety and full tolerance to both glyphosate and Liberty® herbicides, as well as the high yield and fiber quality farmers have come to expect from FiberMax cotton seed varieties.

As glyphosate-resistant weeds have placed increased pressure on yields, growers are anxious to find flexible weed management alternatives. The new GlyTol® trait technology stacked with the LibertyLink® trait in cotton offers one solution. The new dual-herbicide trait technology sets a new standard for the industry, offering greater herbicide diversity in weed management. The ability to rotate two herbicides with entirely different modes of action over a single FiberMax variety gives growers not only more flexibility, but also can reduce the selection pressure on weeds and the likelihood that they will develop resistance.

Uniquely adapted to the High Plains and Rolling Plains, FM 9250GL is an early maturing variety with agronomic characteristics similar to FM 9058F, and has demonstrated outstanding yield potential and fiber quality. FM 9250GL produces a compact plant with large, storm-tolerant bolls. Well adapted to the Southwest, FM 2989GLB2 is a medium maturity GlyTol/ LibertyLink/ Bollgard® II variety with dual herbicide tolerance to both glyphosate and Liberty. It has a very good fiber package and exhibits excellent yield potential.

"The FiberMax varieties with the GlyTol and LibertyLink technologies [...] give growers a lot of choice," said Tom Gregory, a Petersburg, Texas, grower. "It is a good system, and I plan on using it again."

“The first year I planted FiberMax, I only planted a half circle to compare it to the other varieties I was planting. When I got my gin receipts back that year, I figured out that the FiberMax yielded me $256 more per acre than the next competitive variety.”—Tracey Griffiths, Whiteface, Texas

Trait Diversity in a Single Seed

Many FiberMax cotton growers have joined the Certified FiberMax Cotton™ program, protecting the value of their product and the potential for premiums at market. The GlyTol trait delivers season-long, in-plant tolerance to glyphosate herbicides labeled for use over the top of cotton. In addition to its inclusion in the stacked-trait variety, GlyTol is available in three other FiberMax varieties: FM 9101GT and FM 9103GT, well adapted to the High and Rolling Plains; and FM 2011GT, available widely in 2012.

The LibertyLink trait has delivered fantastic results for growers who have relied heavily on glyphosate technologies in the past. As the only nonselective alternative to glyphosate tolerance, LibertyLink allows growers to apply Liberty over the top of FiberMax and Stoneville® cotton seed varieties with the trait.

The LibertyLink trait is available in multiple high-yielding and high-quality FiberMax and Stoneville cotton seed varieties. Use the Crop Science Seed Variety Selector to find recommended varieties for your geography.

Growing in Popularity

As the popularity of FiberMax continues to grow—both stateside and with international textile mills—many growers are registering their bales through the Certified FiberMax Cotton program, which helps guarantee mills will receive the high-quality FiberMax fiber they order. The program also partners Bayer with merchants to market FiberMax as a preferred premium fiber.

Discuss the program and how to identify the right varieties for your fields with your Crop Science US regional agronomist or contact your local Bayer sales representative for more information.

Works Cited

  • "Bayer CropScience Offers New FiberMax and Stoneville Cotton Varieties for 2011." BayerCropScience.us. Bayer CropScience AG, 5 Jan. 2011. Web. 12 Oct. 2011. www.cropscience.bayer.us
  • "Cotton Varieties Planted 2011 Crop." USDA.gov. U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2 Sept. 2011. Web. 11 Oct. 2011. www.ams.usda.gov
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  • "New FiberMax and Stoneville Varieties for 2012 Released." BayerCropScience.us. Bayer CropScience AG, 4 Jan. 2012. Web. 2 Feb. 2012. www.cropscience.bayer.us

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