Press Release •  3/15/2018

PhytoGen Announces Full Portfolio of W3FE Varieties for 2018

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INDIANAPOLIS — As cotton growers look toward spring planting, PhytoGen announces five new varieties with WideStrike® 3 Insect Protection and the Enlist cotton trait to make 2018 your best year yet.

These new varieties complement existing PhytoGen® brand varieties with WideStrike 3 Insect Protection and the Enlist cotton trait (W3FE), offering a full portfolio for the 2018 growing season.

“When you combine these trait technologies with our PhytoGen Breeding Traits and high-yielding genetics, PhytoGen W3FE varieties offer growers cottonseed that is unrivaled in U.S. cotton,” says Hank King, U.S. leader for PhytoGen.

PhytoGen is the only cottonseed company to offer varieties with the Enlist cotton trait, giving producers tolerance to three herbicide modes of action—2,4-D choline, glyphosate and glufosinate—to help eliminate tough-to-control and resistant weeds. All PhytoGen brand varieties with the Enlist cotton trait also include WideStrike 3 for improved bollworm control.

Five new W3FE varieties

All PhytoGen W3FE varieties have excellent seedling vigor ratings and include PhytoGen Breeding Traits for bacterial blight resistance. Many new W3FE varieties are additionally tolerant to verticillium wilt and resistant to root-knot nematodes for regions susceptible to these yield-robbing pests.

PHY 230 W3FE and PHY 250 W3FE—These two new, early maturing PhytoGen® brand varieties offer excellent, consistent yield and fiber quality. Selected for the Northern High Plains, these smooth leaf, shorter stature varieties are best suited to areas with moderate to good water and medium to heavy soils. Both are storm-tolerant and carry the PhytoGen Breeding Trait for excellent verticillium wilt tolerance.

The three new 400-series PhytoGen brand varieties are highly competitive to all the best yielding cottonseed currently on the market, including PhytoGen brand PHY 444 WRF. These new varieties feature the W3FE trait platform and have the PhytoGen Breeding Trait for bacterial blight resistance.

PHY 430 W3FE—This midmaturing, medium stature variety is very broadly adapted with exceptional yields and excellent fiber quality to fit and perform in most areas across the Cotton Belt.

PHY 440 W3FE—Best adapted for mid to mid-full maturing markets, this variety has excellent yield with exceptional fiber quality. It is smooth leaf and features PhytoGen Breeding Traits for industry-leading, root-knot nematode resistance.

PHY 480 W3FE—Another midmaturing variety with excellent yield and premium fiber quality with a semismooth leaf and PhytoGen Breeding Traits for industry-leading, root-knot nematode resistance.

Also for 2018, PhytoGen will have commercial availability of the following PhytoGen W3FE varieties that helped growers thrive last season:

PHY 300 W3FE—An early maturing variety with outstanding yield and superb fiber quality from dryland to good irrigated conditions. It has excellent storm tolerance and the PhytoGen Breeding Traits for bacterial blight resistance and verticillium wilt tolerance.

PHY 330 W3FE and PHY 340 W3FE—These early to midmaturing PhytoGen brand varieties have superior yield and excellent fiber quality from dryland to good water with the PhytoGen Breeding Traits for bacterial blight resistance.

PHY 450 W3FE and PHY 490 W3FE—Two midmaturing varieties with high yield and excellent fiber quality with the PhytoGen Breeding Traits for bacterial blight resistance and verticillium wilt tolerance.

Most planted Pima and Acala cotton varieties

As the U.S. leader in Pima and Acala cottonseed, PhytoGen also premieres these newest offerings for 2018:

PHY 888 RF—A full-season and full-statured variety, this Pima offers Genuity® Roundup Ready® Flex with outstanding yield and fiber quality. It also has the PhytoGen Breeding Trait for improved tolerance to Fusarium Race 4.

With more than 80 percent of Western cotton acres planted to PhytoGen, the company will again offer popular PhytoGen®brand Acala variety PHY 764 WRF and Pimas PHY 841 RF and PHY 881 RF.

or more information on these varieties and the new PhytoGen TRiO seed treatment, contact your local PhytoGen territory manager or PhytoGen cotton development specialist, or visit the website at

About PhytoGen

PhytoGen, an affiliate of Dow AgroSciences, helps 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 FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

About Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™ 
Corteva Agriscience is currently the agriculture division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP) and is intended to become an independent, publicly traded company once the previously announced spinoff is complete by June 2019. The division combines the strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences. Corteva Agriscience provides growers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry—including some of the most recognized brands in agriculture: Pioneer®, Encirca®, the newly launched Brevant Seeds, award-winning Crop Protection products—while bringing new products to market through our solid pipeline of action chemistry and technologies. More information can be found at


Amanda Powell
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Derek Racca

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