Plains Cotton Improvement Program

Cotton Breeding Research & Variety Testing

Conducted by Dr. Jane Dever this phase of the PCIP is the longest running. Started in 1983, the cotton breeding program has become a dependable source of high quality, advanced germplasm (breeding lines). Used by commercial cotton seed companies as source material, PCIP germplasm has been used to develop many of the popular cotton seed varieties on the market today. In addition to his cotton breeding work, Dr. Gannaway also conducts a number of variety trials across the High Plains.

Systems Testing

Conducted by Dr. Randy Boman, Extension Cotton Specialist for the Texas High Plains, the Systems Testing Program has proven to be a tremendous success since it started in 2001.
The program is designed to do side-by-side comparisons of conventional and genetically enhanced cotton seed varieties. The research is conducted on large, replicated plots and grown utilizing the specific chemical and/or pesticide programs to which the varieties are adapted.

Plots are large enough to provide cotton that can be harvested using commercial harvesting machinery and ginned with commercial ginning equipment. Bales from each variety are then classed to determine quality characteristics and market value. Total costs and returns to produce each variety on a per acre are calculated and the results compared to each other.

The program has proven to be a valuable asset to growers seeking information to aid in their variety selection decisions. The research provides growers the ability to see how particular production systems compare side-by-side and how those systems can fit into their own operations.

Disease Research

Conducted by Dr. Terry Wheeler, Texas AgriLIfe Research plant pathologist, PCIP has suported the screening of cotton varieties for bacterial bliht resistance for several years.

2010 Cotton Bacterial Blight Recommendations (PDF)

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