100 Years of Breeding Innovations

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The Founding Fathers

1915

The Founding Fathers

With the arrival of Dr. Early Ewing Sr., Delta & Pine Land Company initiates their cotton variety breeding and development business.

The First of Many

1923

The First of Many

DPL 4 is made available for commercial planting and becomes the company's first notable cotton variety.

The Name Sticks

1932

The Name Sticks

The company begins using Deltapine in the naming of its new varieties.

1941

Breaking New Ground

Deltapine 14 yields 737 pounds per acre, setting a new U.S. record.



Moving with Mechanization

1957

Moving with Mechanization

Rapid adoption of mechanized harvest calls for improved varieties. Deltapine smooth-leaf is commercialized and improves grades of mechanically-harvested cotton and commands 25% of U.S. cotton acreage by 1963.

A New Favorite

1968

A New Favorite

Improved disease resistance and better fiber quality make Deltapine 16 the most popular variety in the U.S. It's planted on 23% of the acres by 1969 and on 28% by 1972.

Parental Germ Progeny

1982

Parental Germ Progeny

Deltapine Acala 90 cotton variety quickly gains market share because of proven adaptability and premium fiber quality. Acala 90 is used as the parental germ in the development of many varieties in the U.S. and internationally.

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The Big 5-0

1985

The Big 5-0

Deltapine 50 is released for planting. With consistent high-end performance, this variety is one of the most popular, planted on more than 12% of upland acres in the U.S. by 1993.

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First of Its Kind

1996

First of Its Kind

The first cotton genetically engineered to be resistant to bollworms, called Bollgard, is commercialized in Deltapine varieties NuCotn 33B and NuCotn 35B.

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Roundup Ready Changes Farming

1997

Roundup Ready Changes Farming

The first Deltapine Roundup Ready cotton varieties are commercialized for planting.



The First Stack

1998

The First Stack

The first Deltapine Bollgard with Roundup Ready stacked-gene cotton varieties are commercialized.

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Triple Nickel

2003

“Triple Nickel”

DP 555 BGRR, or “triple nickel”, becomes the best-selling cotton variety in the U.S. because of its superior yield potential.

Under New Management

2007

Under New Management

D&PL is purchased by Monsanto, which adds the Deltapine cotton seed line to its portfolio of seed platforms.

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A New Partnership: NPE Program Initiates

2008

A New Partnership: NPE Program Initiates

The Deltapine New Product Evaluator (NPE) Program is created to put leading cotton farmers at the center of Deltapine germplasm evaluation. NPE evaluation has assisted in rapid identification of new Deltapine varieties that meet farmer production expectations for all regions of the Cotton Belt.

Testing the Limited Water

2008

Testing the Limited Water

Monsanto begins extensive water utilization trials with its Deltapine cotton varieties to improve production in low water scenarios.

Lubbock Research Megasite Opens

2010

Lubbock Research Megasite Opens

Everything is bigger in Texas. Monsanto Texas Cotton Breeding and Technology Center opens in Lubbock. The $10.5 million investment helps Deltapine develop better varieties bred for Texas.

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Texas State Champion

2012

Texas State Champion

Because of its water use efficiency and performance on dryland and limited water fields, the Deltapine variety DP 1044 B2RF (introduced in 2010) becomes the number one planted cotton variety in the state of Texas in 2012, and remains on top for 2013-2014.

Cream of the Cotton Crop

2013

Cream of the Cotton Crop

At one Mississippi gin, DP 1321 B2RF turns out bales with near perfect quality grades, attracting attention from media, cotton buyers and the entire industry, showcasing fiber quality advancements alongside yield potential.

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New Tools to Fight Nematodes

2014

New Tools to Fight Nematodes

Deltapine commercializes its first cotton variety bred for resistance to root knot nematodes. The variety, DP 1454NR B2RF, is the first in a series of resistant varieties.

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The Evolution of Roundup Ready

2015

The Evolution of Roundup Ready

The first Deltapine Bollgard II® XtendFlex™ cotton varieties are scheduled to be available for commercial planting, offering insect protection and the industry's first three-way herbicide-tolerant stack.

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Three Lines of Defense Against Insects and Weeds

2017

Deltapine Class of 18 Variety Candidates

This year's New Product Evaluator (NPE) Program portfolio includes seven cotton variety candidates with Bollgard® 3 XtendFlex® technology. These candidates have regional fits spanning from Arizona to Carolinas, with maturities ranging from early, mid to full. Each variety is being evaluated cor commercial launch and could be available to growers in 2018.

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