Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bayer CropScience Offers New FiberMax and Stoneville Cotton Varieties for 2015 with GlyTol LibertyLink TwinLink Technology

Varieties provide improved options in Texas, the Mid-South and Southeast
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LUBBOCK, Texas (January 13, 2015) –  Whether it’s the unpredictable heat and late-season storms in the Texas Coastal Bend, or the tough full season in Georgia, cotton growers face unique regional  challenges each year. Bayer CropScience announces four new FiberMax® and Stoneville® cotton varieties for the 2015 season that are bred to help growers overcome major challenges indigenous to their region.

All four new varieties come stacked with GlyTol® LibertyLink® TwinLink® technology to help growers fight two of the problems found in every region of the Cotton Belt: weeds and worm pests. GlyTol LibertyLink technology provides growers full tolerance to over-the-top application of Liberty® herbicide and glyphosate to manage tough-to-control weeds. TwinLink provides two Bt genes for season-long protection against lepidopteran pests, such as cotton bollworm.

Jeff Brehmer, U.S. product manager for FiberMax and Stoneville, said Bayer CropScience begins variety development by asking what challenges growers face that the company can address with its cottonseed varieties. Researchers, breeders and agronomists then work together to develop varieties that help growers improve fiber quality, achieve higher yields and increase profits.   

“We’re excited to announce these new FiberMax and Stoneville varieties for 2015 because they expand our current variety portfolio and help address challenges to cotton production that growers face on their farms,” Brehmer said. “U.S. cotton growers know how to produce a crop in challenging, adverse conditions, and we want to offer them new tools to help maximize their profit potential.”

New FiberMax varieties available for 2015 include:

FM 1900GLT
offers the newest FiberMax germplasm for the High Plains and Rolling Plains of the Southwest for growers who look for excellent storm tolerance, high yields and great fiber quality. FM 1900GLT has a slightly earlier maturity than FM 2484B2F with improved micronaire and similar One Ton Club™ yield potential. It is a GlyTol LibertyLink TwinLink variety with full tolerance to Liberty herbicide and glyphosate, plus broad-spectrum lepidopteran insect protection with two Bt genes.

FM 2007GLT
is a new variety bred specifically for the harsh South Texas growing environment, but it also has shown a wide adaptation for the Rolling Plains. It is an early-medium maturity GlyTol LibertyLink TwinLink variety with excellent water-use efficiency and storm tolerance to help growers overcome challenging weather conditions in the Texas Coastal Bend. It is easy to manage with lower rates of plant growth regulator and offers excellent yields and fiber quality.

New Stoneville varieties available for 2015 include:

ST 5115GLT gives growers from the Mid-South, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast a variety that responds well to irrigation and has a high lint turnout – a perfect combination for top-end yields. It has excellent seedling vigor, providing an edge for a geography that sometimes faces cool, wet springs.  ST 5115GLT also offers GlyTol LibertyLink TwinLink technology for full tolerance to Liberty herbicide and glyphosate, plus broad-spectrum lepidopteran insect protection with two Bt genes.

ST 6182GLT is a full-season variety bred for the Southeast, South Delta, Southeastern Texas and Mid-Atlantic regions with the ability to fight through long, unpredictable growing seasons and deliver high lint turnout. ST 6182GLT is well adapted for dryland and irrigated acres on light or heavy soils, a benefit for Southeastern growers who often have multiple soil types in one field. It also offers GlyTol LibertyLink TwinLink technology to protect cotton fields against tough-to-control weeds and lepidopteran pests.

Bayer CropScience regional cotton agronomists test these new FiberMax and Stoneville varieties in CAP trials across the Cotton Belt. Agronomists work with growers to plant CAP trials on their farms to evaluate new varieties and compare performance to current varieties. Bayer agronomists use this on-farm data to provide agronomic recommendations to help growers maximize their yield, quality and profitability.

“When we bring new FiberMax and Stoneville varieties to growers, our goal is to provide solutions to their cotton production challenges with varieties that complement our current cottonseed portfolio,” Brehmer said. “In the last four years, Bayer CropScience has brought more cotton trait packages to the grower than any other company, and our researchers and breeders continue to improve varieties for water-use efficiency, nematode tolerance and fiber characteristics for more profitable cotton production.”

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Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,819 million (2013) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 22,400 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: www.press.bayercropscience.com.

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