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Producers across the southern U.S. are switching to cotton varieties that better fit their peanut rotation, making a change that has improved management and increased cotton yield potential.
Travis Mixon farms cotton and peanuts with his father, Clay, in Alabama and Florida. He made the switch to PhytoGen® brand varieties and has seen the benefits firsthand on his operation. He previously planted cotton varieties that used a dicamba-based herbicide system, but he didn’t like the idea of spraying dicamba near peanuts.
Then he learned about PhytoGen brand varieties with the Enlist® cotton trait. PhytoGen® W3FE varieties allow for labeled applications of Enlist One® and Enlist Duo® herbicides, which contain 2,4-D choline. Because growers commonly use 2,4-Db to control weeds in peanuts, there are distinct synergies between crops.
Growers can spray Enlist herbicides over their PhytoGen W3FE varieties, even if peanuts are downwind, because peanuts are considered a compatible crop. When you apply 2,4-Db on peanuts, PhytoGen W3FE varieties are protected from drift because they can metabolize 2,4-Db without damage to the plants.
“We have one sprayer on our operation for our cotton and peanuts,” Mixon said.
“We spray Enlist One herbicide on our cotton and 2,4-Db on the peanuts, and we never have to put dicamba in the tank. Switching back and forth between peanuts and cotton is a big hassle when you put dicamba in your sprayer.”
The benefits go beyond weed control and crop compatibility. Mixon says the performance with PhytoGen brand varieties also shines at the beginning and end of the season.
“PhytoGen cottonseed has a lot more vigor than other seeds,” Mixon said. “Getting it out of the ground and getting a stand is not a problem, and we’ve always had really good yields out of PhytoGen.”