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11-934  Project Manager: D. C. Jones


Hunter Frame, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

The 2012 Virginia Regional Breeders Testing Network (RBTN) trial was conducted at the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center (TAREC) located in Suffolk, VA. The trial was planted on May 3, 2012 and harvested on November 3, 2012. The trial contained 32 varieties from 11 university breeding programs. Lint yield and fiber quality were measured for each variety entered. The average yield for the 2012 Virginia RBTN trial was 1,553 lbs lint per acre with a range from 1,119 to 1,964 lbs of lint per acre. The micronaire averaged 4.8 for the study and this was not unexpected as Virginia's climate produces high micronaire lint.  The high yields during the 2012 growing season can be attributed to optimal weather conditions which included 39.47 inches of rainfall. The 2012 Virginia RBTN was a good indicator of the theoretical yield potential of the university breeding programs' varieties as moisture and other agronomic factors were not limiting. The RBTN trials in Virginia serve as a comparison between the public and private sectors' cotton variety development. In the future Virginia growers may utilize these public varieties in their own production systems.


Project Year: 2012

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