Yielding Innovation: PhytoGen® cottonseed releases new varieties for 2021

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Two varieties contain new trait for reniform nematode resistance

INDIANAPOLIS — Today, PhytoGen® cottonseed, the U.S. cottonseed brand of Corteva Agriscience, announced three new high-performing, high-yielding Upland varieties for 2021 during the Yielding Innovation grower forum. Two of the three varieties feature the cottonseed industry’s first trait for reniform nematode resistance. Stacked with the PhytoGen Breeding Trait for root-knot nematode (RKN) resistance, these two varieties are set to deliver the best in-plant nematode protection package in the market.

“The introduction of reniform nematode resistance marks another significant milestone towards protecting the exceptional yield potential of PhytoGen varieties,” said Joel Faircloth, U.S. Cotton Portfolio Manager for PhytoGen cottonseed.

All three new W3FE varieties contain PhytoGen Breeding Traits for bacterial blight and root knot nematode resistance, in addition to a strong fiber quality and yield package. PhytoGen W3FE varieties also provide growers with flexible and effective weed control options with tolerances to Enlist herbicides, Liberty herbicide (glufosinate) and glyphosate.

“We are committed to offering broadly adapted products to the farmer that maximize their opportunity for success,” Faircloth said. “While our varieties are advanced primarily on yield potential, our breeding team continually incorporates yield-stabilizing traits into those elite genetics.”

The PhytoGen Horizon Network of cotton producers has been evaluating these new products for two years. Based on their feedback and the performance in PhytoGen Cotton Development Specialists’ on-farm trials across the Cotton Belt, the team advanced the following varieties:

  • PhytoGen brand PHY 332 W3FE is an early midmaturing variety that has exceptional yield potential with excellent fiber quality. It has a very broad area of adaptation and is a medium-to-tall plant. This variety is resistant to bacterial blight, RKN and reniform nematodes.
  • PhytoGen brand PHY 443 W3FE is another variety that is advanced based on performance across third-party trials in 2020. It is a midmaturing, very broadly adapted taller plant with great fiber quality. This variety is resistant to bacterial blight, RKN and reniform nematodes.
  • PhytoGen brand PHY 545 W3FE is a mid- to full-maturing variety that has been tested on farms since 2019. It was advanced due to its exceptional performance in lower Southeast trials. The maturity falls between PHY 500 W3FE and PHY 580 W3FE varieties. This variety is resistant to bacterial blight and RKN.

Farmers from across the Cotton Belt called into the Yielding Innovation virtual event to hear the live announcement. 

For the latest data and more information about PhytoGen brand varieties and the PhytoGen Breeding Traits that can help you thrive, go to PhytoGen.com, or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter.

About PhytoGen
For 40 years, PhytoGen®, the U.S. cottonseed brand of Corteva Agriscience, has helped growers thrive with cottonseed varieties that produce maximum yield and industry-leading fiber quality. Growers work smarter with the most advanced trait technologies, such as WideStrike® 3 Insect Protection and the Enlist® cotton trait. Join the discussion with PhytoGen on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, or become a Best Yielder member.

About Corteva Agriscience
Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry - including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019, and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at www.corteva.com.

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Kacey Birchmier
Corteva Agriscience

Amanda Powell
Bader Rutter


PhytoGen® cottonseed launches three new Upland varieties, adding to an already robust portfolio. Yields of the new Uplands are expected to surpass those of PhytoGen brand PHY 350 W3FE and PHY 400 W3FE, which have delivered record results to date. For example, this field of PHY 400 W3FE in far West Texas yielded more than 5 bales of cotton per acre.