Agronomic Services Team

The Bayer Agronomic Services Team (AST) works with growers to make recommendations on best growing practices throughout the year. By collaborating with growers, consultants and university Extension specialists, the Agronomic Services Team supports cotton growers with innovative solutions.

Eastern Agronomic Region 


Scott Asher – Eastern Region Agronomic Manager

Scott Asher grew up on his family farm in the Texas panhandle, growing cotton, corn, grain sorghum and wheat. He earned his Bachelor of Science in agronomy from Texas A&M University and his Master of Science and Ph.D. in crop science from Texas Tech University. Scott has 20 years of experience in the agricultural industry.

“Stoneville cotton seed provides high yield potential and premium quality in a trait package with pest management tools tailored to efficiently control your toughest weeds and insects.

For the Georgia and Alabama area, ST 5517GLTP is our first Stoneville variety with TwinLink Plus technology, which provides three-gene Bt protection against lepidopteran pests. It is a late-mid maturing variety with excellent early-season vigor and yield potential. It has bacterial blight resistance and has shown strong performance across a wide range of environments. Even under the very challenging planting conditions that occurred across the SE in 2017, ST 5517GLTP came up strong and provided an excellent plant stand.”

My Regions:

Josh Mayfield Land

Steve Lee – Southeast Missouri & Northern Arkansas

Steve Lee

Steve Lee

Regional Cotton Agronomist

Regional Variety Sheet –
Mid-South

Regional Cotton Agronomist for the North Delta, Steve Lee studied agronomy at the University of Arkansas, earning a master’s degree before working as a field research and product development representative. He has worked with some of the most recognized researchers in the area, addressing such issues as resistance management in cotton and soybean production. He has 30 years of experience in the industry.

"ST 4949GLT has shown increased yield potential on well-drained soils and good disease tolerance."

"Stoneville varieties are proven performers in the North Delta. ST 4946GLB2 is a well-adapted variety with good tolerance to root-knot nematodes."

"ST 5020GLT is a new release that offers bacterial blight resistance and exceptional fiber quality. The GlyTol LibertyLink trait combination provides good tolerance and offers growers an effective option to prevent and manage glyphosate resistance."

My Regions:

Steve Lee Land

Kyle Fontenot – Louisiana and Southern Arkansas

Kyle Fontenot

Kyle Fontenot

Regional Cotton Agronomist

Regional Variety Sheet –
Mid-South

Regional Cotton Agronomist for Southern Arkansas and Louisiana, Kyle Fontenot grew up working on his family’s farm in southern Louisiana, where they raised cattle and grew soybeans, sorghum and sweet potatoes. He studied agronomy and entomology at Louisiana State University, earning a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science, respectively. Before joining the Agronomic Services Team, he worked as a research associate for the LSU AgCenter in the Row Crop Integrated Pest Management program.

ST 4949GLT has emerged as our premier cotton variety in the Mississippi River Delta areas of Louisiana and South Arkansas. It performs well across all growing environments and soil types. ST 4848GLT is a great complementary variety with excellent yield potential in dryland. ST 5517GLTP is an exciting variety for multiple reasons. The variety itself brings a unique maturity in the mid-full range that we have been missing and it fits well in our area. It is a smooth-leaf variety with a great fiber package. By having the TwinLink Plus trait package, this variety, along with FM 1953GLTP, will have the best Bt-trait package available on the market to combat all of the lepidopteran pests.”

My Regions:

Kyle Frontenot  Land

Jenny Cahoon – Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina

Jenny Johnson

Jenny Cahoon

Regional Cotton Agronomist

Regional Variety Sheet –
Southeast

Regional Cotton Agronomist for the Mid-Atlantic, Jenny Cahoon grew up in northeastern North Carolina amongst a great diversity of crops: cotton, corn, soybeans, tobacco, peanuts and vegetables. Jenny attended North Carolina State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture Extension education and a Master of Science in crop science. She spent her summers working for a crop consultant in Halifax County while completing her undergraduate degree. Jenny worked for the state of North Carolina as a regional agronomist in the Tidewater region upon completion of her Master of Science before joining Bayer in 2012.

"ST 4848GLT is a perfect maturity fit for the Mid-Atlantic with proven yield performance over multiple seasons. With very good seedling vigor and fiber quality, ST 4848GLT is a great variety for the region. Also, having true double-stacked technology with both GlyTol and LibertyLink traits gives growers flexibility in their management program."

ST 5020GLT has shown consistent, strong yield in the Mid-Atlantic and has one of the best fiber packages of all of the Stoneville lines."

ST 5517GLTP increases your opportunity for exceptional yield and decreases the chance that you’ll have to overspray for worms. This variety has our latest insect trait package, TwinLink Plus, which has three genes that are resistant to lepidopteran pests to help growers protect bolls mid-season to get them to harvest. ST 5517GLTP starts strong with early-season vigor and doesn’t let bacterial blight or worms interfere with its high -yield potential. "

My Regions:

Jenny Johnson Land

Andy White – Mississippi

Andy White

Andy White

Regional Cotton Agronomist

Regional Variety Sheet –
Mid-South

Regional Cotton Agronomist for Mississippi, Andy White has been in the ag industry since 1989. He earned a Ph.D. in entomology from Louisiana State University and was a cotton consultant for five years. He also performed field research before joining the Bayer Agronomic Services Team.

“Our breeders at Stoneville have once again raised the bar for yield and fiber quality across the Cotton Belt with the introduction of ST 4949GLT. This variety is a top performer in almost any environment and excels in yields and fiber quality.”

My Regions:

Andy White Land

Debbie Brown – Mid-Atlantic

Debbie Brown

Debbie Brown

Regional Cotton Agronomist

Regional Variety Sheet –
Southeast

Regional Cotton Agronomist for the Atlantic, Debbie Brown studied at Georgia Southern University and Clemson University, earning a Master of Science in biology and a Ph.D. in entomology. She has 21 years of experience in agriculture.

ST 6182GLT is a great fit for our sandy soils and makes a good, healthy stalk. It is a proven performer throughout the Carolinas."

ST 4848GLT is similar to ST 4946GLB2 but produces better yields and high quality fiber."

ST 5020GLT is an up-and-coming variety and was a top performer in the 2016 Clemson Official Variety Trials (OVTs)."

My Regions:

Debbie Brown  Land

Lucas Owen – North Alabama and Tennessee

Regional Cotton Agronomist for Tennessee and Kentucky, Lucas Owen grew up in West Tennessee where his passion for agriculture started. Lucas earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Tennessee at Martin, a Master of Science in weed science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a Ph.D. in entomology from Mississippi State University. Lucas joined Bayer in 2012.

ST 4946GLB2 offers full tolerance to glyphosate as well as protection from a wide range of lepidopteran pests. With great adaptability to the region and strong vigor, this variety allows growers to produce a strong and healthy crop.”

My Regions:

Lucas Owen Land

 

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