100 Years of Breeding Innovations

For over 100 years, Deltapine® has bred varieties that offer strong yield potential and fiber quality. Experience our long heritage of investing in the future of cotton.

1915

The Founding Fathers

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

1923

The First of Many

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

1941

Breaking New Ground

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

1997

Roundup Ready® Changes Farming

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

1998

The First Stack

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

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.

2007

Under New Management

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

2008

A New Partnership: NPE Program Initiates

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

2008

Testing the Limited Waters

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 for commercial launch and could be available to growers in 2018.

2018

Bayer Purchases Monsanto

Together with our leadership in breeding, biotechnology, chemistry, biologicals and data science, this partnership allows us to unlock new potential and provide our customers with tailored solutions uniquely designed to solve grower challenges.

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