On-Farm Cotton Variety Fiber Quality Results Are In!! (Collins & Edmisten)
Fiber Quality results for the NC On-Farm Cotton Variety Evaluation Program are in!! In addition to yield, fiber quality is an important component to the value and marketability of cotton in our state, and should be considered when selecting varieties. The slides in the link below illustrate the average fiber quality values for each variety across all 17 on-farm trials. Parameters include lint percentage, micronaire, fiber length, fiber strength, length uniformity, color grade, and leaf grade.
In the first slide, varieties are ranked according to their average yield across all trials, and values for each fiber quality parameter are listed. In the second slide, varieties are ranked according to micronaire and fiber length. The percentage of trials in which a variety resulted in high micronaire, short fiber length, and the combination of high micronaire and short fiber length are also listed.
During the 2015 season, there were clear differences in fiber quality among the varieties tested in this program. Some varieties clearly exhibited excellent fiber quality traits compared to others. With that said, it is important to note that the environment and season can greatly influence fiber quality, more-so than genetics in some years. For example, there was a clear environmental effect on micronaire observed in 2015 (In some trials, all varieties resulted in high micronaire while in other trials, all varieties had optimal micronaire).
Yield and fiber quality results from the NCSU OVT program will be available very soon on this site, so please stay tuned for those results!! We strongly encourage growers to closely observe data from both the on-farm program and OVT when making cotton variety decisions.
As mentioned in the previous articles, results from the on-farm program along with OVT will be discussed in much greater detail during the upcoming winter meetings, so be sure to attend one near you. Also, we want to again reiterate our appreciation to the NC Cotton Producers Association, other leadership organizations (NCDA&CS, NC State University, Cotton Incorporated, NC Ag Foundation), and Seed Companies for their efforts and support in starting this program for the benefit of all NC cotton growers, as well the diligence and hard work that our county agents, consultants, and cooperating growers put into this program during 2015. This program was a huge success in 2015 due to the efforts of all involved and we look forward to another year of this program in 2016!!