NPE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Since 2008, the Deltapine® New Product Evaluator (NPE) Program has become the
industry’s premier testing and commercialization program by inviting growers to evaluate variety candidates on large-acre plots under their own management systems and field conditions. More Deltapine cotton varieties are planted in the United States today than any other brand, and every one has been proven to perform by a New Product Evaluator.
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WHAT DO NPE TRIALS DO FOR DELTAPINE?
Over its 10-year history, the NPE Program has played a significant role in the adoption of innovative varieties with the most advanced pest and weed management technologies, such as Bollgard II® XtendFlex® cotton.
- The NPE Program is instrumental to our ability to continually deliver cotton varieties that meet or exceed growers’ expectations.
- Feedback from our NPE growers helps determine which candidates to commercialize, and how to position new varieties across different regions with varied management programs.
- NPE feedback is also delivered to the breeding teams, so they can make future selections of characteristics and traits based on local farmers’ wants and needs.
- NPE testing is the final phase of our commercialization process — and it’s what separates Deltapine from competitors. Since it began in 2008, the Deltapine NPE Program has been responsible for the commercialization of some of the top-planted varieties across the Belt.
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WHO ARE THE NEW PRODUCT EVALUATORS?
Our NPE program is made up of roughly 200 growers representing all areas of
the Cotton Belt. Most are veterans of the program, who’ve helped us bring some
of the most game-changing varieties to market — raising the bar on yield and quality expectations for the entire industry.
WHERE DO NPE TRIALS HAPPEN?
New Product Evaluators from across the Cotton Belt test our candidates for
commercialization to ensure performance in a variety of conditions. In our first season, 148 farms participated. Ten years later we have roughly 200 farms participating, 101 of which have been in the program since the very first year.