Source: University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

A limited quantity of seed of a high yielding, high quality, non-transgenic cotton variety will be sold directly to producers by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture for planting in 2011, Mark Cochran, the Division's associate vice president for research and director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, has announced.

The new variety, UA 48, "sets a new standard for fiber quality in upland cotton," Cochran said.

"We are offering UA 48 for licensure by a commercial seed company, but while that process is underway, we believe producers will benefit from a direct marketing program," Cochran said. To protect the rights of a future licensee, growers will not be allowed to save harvested seed for planting, he added. Patent and plant variety protection applications are pending. 

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