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AbstractComparison of 23 low quality upland cotton seed lots with high quality lots in 19 tests over 4 years showed consistent lint yield reduction from low quality seed. The low quality seed lots produced an average of 226 pounds less lint/acre than high quality seed. At $0.60/pound of lint that is $135.37/acre. By analysis of covariance, which adjusted lint yield for equal stand, poor stand explained 162 pounds of lint loss ($97.20/acre) and apparent reduced seedling vigor accounted for 64 pounds of lint loss or $38.16/acre.