How Deltapine® Turns Grower Feedback into Game-Changing Varieties

At Deltapine, everything we do begins with our customer. You and your experiences are at the root of every variety we've brought to market over the last 100+ years. And though our methods and technologies are constantly advancing, our values are enduring.
We pursue breeding innovations that solve growers' problems and continue our legacy of performance.
Explore our five-step commercialization process:

The Deltapine® Pipeline

We constantly update our product portfolio to address growers' changing needs. Built on a foundation of elite genetics, our unmatched investment in research and development, extensive global breeding program, vast collection of cotton germplasm, and rigorous region-specific testing means our customers can be confident that every seed product delivers through yield, fiber quality and tolerance to environmental stress.​

Follow the journey from grower need to new seed, below:

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Identify Needs

Our growers' success is our priority, and we are constantly striving to introduce new and higher-performing varieties to address the specific needs of each region. See what we’re working on.

We are developing products that are high yielding and have excellent fiber quality. We are also responsible for delivering disease resistance and nematode resistance. Those are the key traits that farmers are looking for to get the best on their farm from the varieties that we sell.
- Nilesh Dighe, Line Development Breeder, Lubbock Research Facility

Identify Candidate Lines

Deltapine® brand's cotton breeding program draws from one of the most extensive collection of cotton germplasm, sourced from across a global network. Our seed chipper technology allows us to collect and analyze thousands of cotton DNA samples every year, from which we pinpoint the precise characteristics needed to solve a grower need.

Breeding Trials

Variety candidates go through extensive internal testing prior to commercialization, with thousands of lines grown and evaluated in a range of environments.

Small plot and strip trials help our teams identify the most promising individual lines by evaluating yield performance, fiber quality, agronomic fit, and management criteria. We also test how candidates perform under various moisture levels as part of our commitment to industry sustainability. At locations across the Cotton Belt, we monitor new lines in unique water-availability scenarios for vigor, nematode resistance, yield and fiber quality.

New Product Evaluators

Roughly 200 select growers across the Cotton Belt are currently testing 12 new varieties in real-world conditions, including eight new Bollgard® 3 XtendFlex® varieties. Learn more about how this innovative technology stops bollworms in their tracks:

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Bollgard® 3: Three Modes of Action for the Strongest Protection Ever

Introduced in 2016, Bollgard 3 builds on the trusted insect protection of Bollgard II® technology by introducing a third unique​ protein, adding an additional mode of action against bollworm and other common cotton pests. And as part of the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System, it's the only cotton technology with tolerance to three herbicides for maximum weed control: dicamba, glyphosate and glufosinate.

See the Science Behind Bollgard 3 XtendFlex technology


What is the NPE Program?

The New Product Evaluator Program identifies select growers across the Cotton Belt to evaluate experimental products across diverse growing conditions, collecting valuable data on characteristics like regional fit, maturity, fiber quality, and disease resistance that helps us decide which varieties join the next class.

Learn More About Our NPE Program

Commercialization

After variety candidates have progressed through all the steps of our commercialization process, they are ready for market.

When the first class of XtendFlex® varieties were launched in 2015, they didn't just provide high yields — they gave growers another weapon against resistant weeds. See what's next for XtendFlex technology:

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Ready to Take the Next Step?

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Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System: The Strongest Weed Protection Ever

The Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System provides next-level weed control with triple-stacked herbicide tolerance technology. Tolerance to dicamba, glyphosate and glufosinate provides multiple modes of action for added choice and flexibility, while our exclusive VaporGrip® technology significantly reduces dicamba volatility for in-crop use, pending regulatory approval.

Explore the Full System

At Deltapine, everything we do begins with our customer. You and your experiences are at the root of every variety we've brought to market over the last 100+ years. And though our methods and technologies are constantly advancing, our values are enduring.
We pursue breeding innovations that solve growers' problems and continue our legacy of performance.