Economics of Cotton

The Economic Advantage of Clean Fields

Plant for Profit with Stoneville® Cotton Varieties

Pest management guidelines are based on economic thresholds for a good reason: the ultimate goal is for growers to make a profit.

Stoneville® cotton seed is the first step on that path to profit with characteristics and trait packages designed to economically, efficiently and effectively control weeds and insects. Added to that is elite germplasm in varieties bred to provide optimal yield potential and premium quality.

Cash In On Elite Germplasm and Clean Fields

For cotton growers today, weeds pose the greatest agronomic challenge and a serious economic threat. Agronomically, weeds wreak havoc on fields and keep your crop from reaching its potential by robbing soil moisture and nutrients that cotton plants need.

Economically, weeds impact your earnings with lower yields and loan values significantly impact your bottom line.

According to one study, cotton yields were reduced by 67 percent when Palmer amaranth was established at the same time as the crop.

The True Cost of Out-of-Control Pigweeds

How much value could you lose if pigweed establishes at the same time as your cotton crop?

Price Per Pound of Lint Cotton

Total Economic Loss Due to Pigweed on 1,000 Acres

$.52 (base USDA loan value)






Assumes an average yield of 1,000 lbs/A as a baseline when pigweed is not established early in the season.

Proven Treatments Save Money and Time

Excellent weed control in cotton is essential to a profitable operation, and many Extension agents and consultants will tell you that the most expensive application is the one that doesn’t work. That’s why you need a weed-control program that will S.T.O.P. weeds before they lower your yield and quality – and ultimately your bottom line. Learn how you can get excellent weed control with Liberty® herbicide.

All Stoneville varieties are stacked with GlyTol® LibertyLink® (GL) technology for full tolerance to over-the-top applications of Liberty herbicide and glyphosate. This gives growers two herbicide sites of action to control weeds effectively as part of a comprehensive, full-season overlapping residual herbicide plan.

Liberty herbicide, as a part of an integrated weed management approach, cleans up weedy fields so that Stoneville cotton can do what it does best: deliver high yield potential and high-quality fiber.

Higher production isn’t the only impact that clean fields have on your bottom line. Early management of glyphosate-resistant weeds means fewer passes and less time in the field. You save time and fuel, which both equal money.

With Stoneville cotton varieties and Liberty herbicide, you can keep fields clean and reach maximum profit potential.

Top 4 Ways to Boost Your Bottom Line with Stoneville Cotton and Liberty Herbicide

  1. New varieties reach their maximum yield potential when they don’t compete with weeds for water and nutrients.
  2. Clean fields at harvest protect fiber quality to ensure you get the most value for your lint cotton.
  3. Excellent weed control with Liberty herbicide means fewer passes, which translates into less time and lower fuel costs.
  4. Lower price for Liberty herbicide means you save on upfront crop protection costs.


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