Improvement Program for Cotton Fiber Quality and Lint Yield Through Variety Selection in South Texas

S.D. Livingston, R.D. Parker, and C.R. Stichler


In South Texas temperature and moisture stress often are the cause of yield reductions and lower fiber quality. A program to select cultivars with improved lint yields and fiber quality (primarily strength) has been underway for a number of years. Enhancements must occur with consideration given to early harvest and without loss of other desired qualities present in currently used cultivars. Screening of commercial lines, F2 materials, selected cultivars and pima cotton were compared with widely-grown, regional varieties. Yield enhancements of 75-200 lbs per acre are possible through new genotypes. Fiber strength can be increased at least two grams/tex without compromising lint yields.

Reprinted from 1990 Proceedings: Beltwide Cotton Production Research Conferences pp. 74 - 77
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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