Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/4/2000
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Research was conducted in 1997, 1998 and 1999 to evaluate an experimental plant growth regulator (BAS1300W1) on two cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) cultivars, Stoneville 474 and Sure-Grow 125. There were six treatments: (1) 0oz./A (untreated), (2) 8oz.(2x)=16oz./A with the first application applied at early bloom and a second application two weeks later, (3) 4oz.(4x)= 16oz./A, (4) 6oz.+12oz.(2x)=30oz./A, (5) 12oz.(3x)=36oz./A, and (6) 6oz.+16oz.(2x)=38oz./A. In treatments 3 through 6 the first application was at matchead square and the following applications two weeks appart. Data are reported for 1999 only. Both cultivars performed the same for each treatment. All BAS13001W1 treatments matured three to six days earlier than the untreated. Treatments 4, 5 and 6 produced significantly more lint yield and had larger seed than treatment 2 or the untreated, but had significantly lower lint percentages. No significant differences existed among treated and the untreated for lint yield produced from first and third position bolls. Treatments 4 and 6 produced significantly higher lint yields for second position bolls than treatment 2 or the untreated. Plant height, leaf area and the total number of nodes produced were significantly reduced and reproductive tissue to vegetative tissue ratios were significantly increased by treatments 4, 5 and 6. These results suggest that in 1999 the higher levels of BAS1300W1 with multiple applications were the most efficient in distributing photosynthates into reproductive tissue.