Anyone who lives here knows there’s no place like West Texas. High elevation, low water tables, limited rainfall and the threat of sand storms create some of the most challenging growing conditions. As a Texan grower, you’re resilient, resourceful, hardworking and performance-driven. And you expect the same from your seed. We believe the only way to grow cotton as tough as West Texas is to grow cotton that’s bred for, tested and made in West Texas — which is exactly how our locally proven varieties are developed.

Hear why West Texans trust Deltapine® cotton.  


What Does It Mean To Be West Texas Tough?

When we say our cotton is West Texas Tough, we mean it. Because we don't just develop our varieties with West Texas in mind. These varieties are bred specifically for the region and are tested and made right here in West Texas.

Bred For West Texas

We’re dedicated to developing lines that better fit your region. As part of that commitment, we’ve placed a breeding facility in Lubbock, Texas, which allows us to focus our efforts on West Texas. Our breeders have an extensive understanding of your growing environments and challenges because they work and live alongside West Texas growers like you.

  • Deltapine West Texas breeders use advanced genetic marker technology to search for cotton lines that not only have high yield potential and excellent fiber quality, but also have qualities that can help them perform in the tough West Texas growing conditions like good vigor and storm tolerance, and carry resistance to disease and pests such as root-knot nematodes, bacterial blight and verticillium wilt.
  • Our breeding program has roughly 20 locations in West Texas, some with as many as 10,000 plots, others have as few as 500 to 600 plots. These breeding plots range in size from two rows at 40-foot planted to 4 rows at 40-foot planted. We evaluate and collect data on yield, fiber quality characteristics, vigor and emergence ratings, disease and insect resistances, etc in every plot. As lines move through the pipeline, their plot sizes grow to more accurately demonstrate performance potential in real-world conditions.
  • Proving the performance of our tough varieties can take five to 10 years. We’ve been working on our Texas Tough varieties for almost a decade and are finally starting to see the proof we need to launch cotton we deem tough enough for the West Texas growing conditions. Our lineup today is just the beginning of improved genetics and traits specifically for West Texas — both on dryland acres and irrigated fields. For example, the following varieties are a result of this hard work:
    • DP 1612 B2XF with improved seeding vigor
    • DP 1820 B3XF with improved fiber quality
    • DP 1822 XF with improved vert tolerance
    • Plus a wider selection of products with early maturity
Deltapine has made a commitment to West Texas by placing our breeding facilities in Lubbock… to make Deltapine® cotton tough, West Texas tough.

Darren Jones, Commercial Development Breeder, Lubbock, TX

Tested In West Texas

We put our cotton to the test in the very soil it was bred for through our premier testing and commercialization program. Our process lasts years and spans the entire region — from Amarillo to San Angelo, Seminole to Haskell — to ensure the seed we develop can perform under all of the unique growing conditions of West Texas.

  • Because no two seasons in West Texas are the same, each pre-commercial variety line being evaluated is grown for 4-5 seasons before it’s even considered to be West Texas Tough.
  • We start with more than 700 variety lines. After rigorous testing, the top performers advance to our Field Agronomic Comparison Trials. During these trials, the varieties are tested and filtered again until only a handful of them move into our New Product Evaluator (NPE) Program.
  • Our NPE Program is the final phase of testing and really sets Deltapine apart from the competition. More than 45 NPE growers evaluate the final pre-commercial variety candidates in their own large-acre trials, under their own management and field conditions. These growers provide feedback to our product team to determine which varieties are indeed tried-and-true Texas Tough.
I get to look at all the new stuff before they're released. We get to see how they work on our farm. And we get to evaluate them from start to finish.

Greg Martin, New Product Evaluator, Brownsville, TX

Made In West Texas

After years of testing in the West Texas soil, our Texas Tough seed is manufactured at our new, state-of-the-art facility in Lubbock, Texas. This $145 million investment is a sign of our commitment to the West Texas region. Not only are we developing high-performing cottonseed for West Texas growers, but the plant also gives back to the community through employment, charity and sustainability.

  • This premier facility is the only manufacturing plant of its kind in West Texas and sits in the largest cotton patch in the U.S — if not the world!
  • The plant employs breakthrough technology that no other seed facility has, providing the ability to clean out damaged seed that comes into the system.
  • We also has unmatched seed treating technology that layers treatments to provide better coverage over the seed, which can lead to better performance potential in the field.
Deltapine cottonseed is made in West Texas. It's very important for us to be here. And in honor of that commitment, we've made a $145 million investment in this facility.

Kelly Tucker, Site Lead, Lubbock, TX

Proven to Perform

These Deltapine® varieties have been proven to perform in West Texas and can be counted on to deliver high yield potential, outstanding fiber quality and strong protection against pests, which means strong results in your fields.

DP 1612 B2XF

outperformed competitor by 138 LBS/A

DP 1612 B2XF

DP 1612 B2XF is a large seeded variety with excellent seeding vigor, as well as excellent fiber length and strength. For three seasons, DP 1612 B2XF has proven that it has the right maturity and performance potential in the upper Panhandle of Texas.

N=27. Data Source: All tests available as of 05/31/18; 2015, 2016 and 2017;
West Texas locations; CP, MD, NPE, and University data. Field Day Board.
  DP 1612 B2XF NG 3406 B2XF
Yield (lbs/a) 1,504 1,366
Length (in) 1.17 1.14
Strength (g/tex) 29.7 28.7
Micronaire 3.8 3.6

DP 1646 B2XF

outperformed competitor by 123 LBS/A

DP 1646 B2XF

DP 1646 B2XF is a well-proven variety with outstanding fiber properties and performance potential. This is a mid-full maturity variety with broad adaption to full-season environments. DP 1646 B2XF is the number-one planted variety in the Southwest Region, according to the USDA Cotton Varieties Planted 2018 report.

N=12. Data Source: All tests available as of 05/31/18; 2015, 2016 and 2017;
West Texas locations; CP, MD, NPE, and University data. Field Day Board.
  DP 1646 B2XF NG 4545 B2XF
Yield (lbs/a) 1,629 1,506
Length (in) 1.22 1.14
Strength (g/tex) 28.9 30.6
Micronaire 3.7 4.1

DP 1820 B3XF

outperformed competitor by 135 LBS/A

DP 1820 B3XF

DP 1820 B3XF is an early-mid maturing variety with good vigor and emergence, as well as excellent fiber length, micronaire and strength. This variety has bacterial blight resistance fit for Growers in the Southern High Plains. DP 1820 B3XF is a new variety with Bollgard® 3 XtendFlex® technology.

N=10. Data Source: All tests available as of 05/31/18; 2015, 2016 and 2017;
West Texas locations; CP, MD, NPE, and University data. Field Day Board.
  DP 1820 B3XF NG 3406 B2XF
Yield (lbs/a) 1,465 1,330
Length (in) 1.25 1.14
Strength (g/tex) 30.9 28.6
Micronaire 3.1 2.9

DP 1845 B3XF

outperformed competitor by 292 LBS/A

DP 1845 B3XF

DP 1845 B3XF has shown good emergence and early vigor with yield potential similar to DP 1646 B2XF on tough acres, as well as excellent fiber length and fiber strength. This variety also has moderate resistance to bacterial blight. DP 1845 B3XF is a widely adapted variety with Bollgard® 3 XtendFlex® technology.

N=4. Data Source: All tests available as of 05/31/18; 2015, 2016 and 2017;
West Texas locations; CP, MD, NPE, and University data. Field Day Board.
  DP 1845 B3XF NG 3406 B2XF
Yield (lbs/a) 1,812 1,520
Length (in) 1.28 1.13
Strength (g/tex) 30.4 28.8
Micronaire 3.4 3.5

DryTough DP 1522 B2XF

outperformed competitor by 103 LBS/A

DP 1522 B2XF

DP 1522 B2XF is a large seeded, vigorous variety with proven performance in dryland acres. This variety has shown excellent fiber quality potential under stress, as well as ease of management, and broad adaption.

Data Source: West TX; All Trials with trial mean yield < 1000 lb / acre; 2016-2018. N=9
  DP 1522 B2XF NG 5007 B2XF
Yield (lbs/a) 565 462
Length (in) 1.09 1.08
Strength (g/tex) 30.2 27.4
Micronaire 4.1 3.9

DryTough DP 1549 B2XF

outperformed competitor by 98 LBS/A

DP 1549 B2XF

DP 1549 B2XF is a well-proven variety with excellent heat tolerance and consistently high-performance potential on dryland fields with limited water for irrigation. This variety may require timely PGR management under vigorous growing conditions.

Data Source: West TX; All Trials with trial mean yield < 1000 lb / acre; 2016-2018. N=5
  DP 1549 B2XF NG 4601 B2XF
Yield (lbs/a) 497 399
Length (in) 1.04 1.09
Strength (g/tex) 28.9 30.9
Micronaire 3.1 3.4

DryTough DP 1822 XF

outperformed competitor by 41 LBS/A

DP 1822 XF

DP 1822 XF is a large seeded variety with excellent seeding vigor fit for dryland acres, as well as above average storm resistance. This XtendFlex® variety is having a very strong year in 2018 and provides the benefits of strong stand establishment, good fiber quality under stress, and it has shown to maintain consistent, high yield in stressed environments.

Data Source: West TX; All Trials with trial mean yield < 1000 lb / acre; 2016-2018. N=4
  DP 1822 XF NG 4545 B2XF
Yield (lbs/a) 1,043 1,002
Length (in) 1.16 1.14
Strength (g/tex) 29.6 29.3
Micronaire 3.2 3.5

DryTough DP 1909 XF

outperformed competitor by 84 LBS/A

DP 1909 XF

Very early to early maturity variety with good emergence and an excellent fiver package. This XtendFlex® variety is adapted to the Northern High Plains and Panhandle, and has also shown resistance to bacterial blight.

Data Source: West TX; All Trials with trial mean yield < 1000 lb / acre; 2016-2018. N=3
  DP 1909 XF FM 2011 GT
Yield (lbs/a) 912 828
Length (in) 1.18 1.14
Strength (g/tex) 29.9 31.0
Micronaire 4.0 3.8
DryTough™ Dryland Cotton Varieties 

If you’re growing on dryland acres, the DryTough™ dryland cotton varieties can give you all of the performance you expect with less of the cost.



Your local technical agronomist knows the West Texas growing conditions better than anyone. Get to know your TA below and explore their recommendations for products bred to perform on farms like yours.

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Eric Best

Southern New Mexico, Arizona, Southern California, West Texas