Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Bayer invests $16.7 million in Southwest cotton
Bayer invests $16.7 million in Southwest cotton
Mar '17
Bayer has opened up a new cotton breeding and research station near Lubbock in Texas to focus on drought-resistant varieties and traits for limited-input situations. Set up with an investment of $16.7 million, the facility will benefit cotton growers across the Southwest by producing genetically-modified varieties and developing native traits.

Opening of the Lubbock Breeding and Trait Development Station, which began operating in October 2016, is being celebrated with researchers preparing to plant the facility's first research crop. The facility builds on the Bayer history of developing premium quality profitable varieties such as FiberMax and Stoneville to complement the knowledge and skill of Southwest cotton growers. It will provide solutions to meet agronomic challenges.

Southwest cotton growers are the focus for work at this new facility. The Breeding and Trait Development Station will employ approximately 25 people who will work with a larger global team on genetics, chemistry, and traits to provide holistic agricultural solutions to customers around the world. Many area residents will also be hired each year to assist with planting and harvesting activities.

"Bayer has led the way in cotton advancements for the Southwest since three employees opened our first facility in 1998. Since that modest start, Bayer has added two separate breeding stations, a seed processing plant, a quality assurance lab, a seed warehousing facility, and a state-of-the art research and development lab," says Monty Christian, Bayer vice president for US cotton operations.

"More than half of the US cotton acreage is grown in this Southwest area, where Lubbock is the focal point. Work released from this facility will ripple across three million acres," notes Jason Wistehuff, product manager for FiberMax and Stoneville cotton.

Economic sustainability is essential to growers who count on FiberMax to provide seed featuring advanced genetics for premium fiber quality and higher yield potential, according to the company. Varieties that deliver higher profit potential with lower inputs and increased disease resistance complement the knowledge and skill growers bring to cotton production year in and year out.

"For growers and for Bayer, it is important to continue expanding our seeds business through research and development, and this facility will bring together significant scientific and technology resources to support the advancement of the agricultural industry, specifically for cotton seed trait and plant research," says Mike Gilbert, vice president and Head of Global Breeding & Trait Development for Bayer.

The Lubbock Breeding and Trait Development Station is part of Bayer's commitment to invest nearly $ one billion in the US between 2013-2016 in new facilities and capital expansion to complement the approximately $ one billion invested globally in research and development annually. (SV)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

Must ReadView All

Courtesy: Bangladesh Bank

Apparel/Garments | On 22nd May 2018

Bangladesh Bank enhances EDF loan limit to $25 million

Bangladesh Bank has enhanced the loan limit under Export Development...

Sri Lanka's textile imports up 32.5% in February 2018

Textiles | On 22nd May 2018

Sri Lanka's textile imports up 32.5% in February 2018

In what might be an indication of higher exports in the coming...

Provide power at Rs 8/kWh to textile units: APTMA

Textiles | On 22nd May 2018

Provide power at Rs 8/kWh to textile units: APTMA

All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has asked the...

Interviews View All

Top executives
Textile & apparel bodies

Textile industry would like to see inclusion of cotton yarn under MEIS and ...

Top executives
Textile industry

Union budget 2018-19 will have positive impact on apparel industry

Anvita Mehra
Confidential Couture

‘It is going to take some time for Indian buyers to get accustomed to...

Suresh P Bagrecha

Komal Texfab, founded in 1981, is into manufacturing of knitted fabrics,...

Tom Adeyoola

Describing itself as the best body shape and garment fit company in the...

Riddhi Jain

Conceived in Europe and curated in New Delhi, NeceSera is a...

Mohammad Hassan
Biax Fiberfilm

About one in every 20 patients picks up an infection while hospitalised....

Suresh Patel
Sidwin Fabric

Sidwin Fabric is a manufacturer and exporter of polypropylene textiles and ...

Steve Cole
Xerium Technologies

Steve Cole of Xerium Technologies discusses the industry. Xerium is the...

Robert Brunner

Golfwear and menswear brand Devereux is set for greener pastures. Robert...

Cigdem Akin
Cigdem Akin

She has carved a niche for herself as the national brand of Turkey. Her...

Bani Batra

Bani Batra’s couture wedding collection is inspired by traditional Indian...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


Leave your Comments

May 2018

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category

Related Categories:

Advanced Search