All-Tex: Research Yields Improved Varieties
Cody Poage recognizes that his company is the last remaining operation in a once-crowded market of localized seed and delinting operations in West Texas.
February 14, 2012
All-Tex Seed has relied on bold thinking to survive in the cotton market. As the company’s owner and general manager, Cody Poage recognizes that his company is the last remaining operation in a once-crowded market of localized seed and delinting operations in West Texas.
The advent of Bt cotton varieties signaled the beginning of the end of the vast majority of those services, and All-Tex devised an ambitious business strategy to stay competitive. The company began breeding and developing its own cotton varieties.
“Growers are seeing our new stuff coming out and how well it’s doing. The Epic RF has just been phenomenal,” Poage says. In total, All-Tex produces 10 transgenic varieties and six conventional varieties. Poage is quick to point out how well varieties like Epic and Apex B2RF have performed.
“Epic has done just outstanding. It does extremely well on dryland to light-irrigated soil. It really shines on that light-irrigated ground, and does extremely well on good-irrigated ground as well. Every year we’ve increased sales on Epic,” Poage says.
All-Tex introduced three new varieties this year which the company feels are an improvement over its longtime workhorse Apex B2RF. Edge B2RF, Dinero B2RF and Rapid B2RF were all introduced to Texas fields this year to rave reviews.
“Both Edge B2RF and Dinero B2RF have extremely good fiber packages on them. Edge is an early maturing variety while Dinero is more of a mid-maturing variety,” Poage said in an early-October interview. “We don’t have a lot of gin data on them just yet, but we planted them all over the region, so we’re going to get a good look. Early reports are that they did extremely well.”
Rapid B2RF also debuted to rave reviews in 2011. Poage says all three new varieties will have good seed supply for 2012.