Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Monsanto 'megasite' (Cotton Research Center) in Texas
Monsanto 'megasite' (Cotton Research Center) in Texas
05
Nov '09
Cotton farmers on the High Plains are always looking for ways to improve their farm's profit potential, and two of the biggest opportunities for farmers to that are to increase yield potential and produce better quality fiber. Those are the goals of Monsanto Company's $10.5 million research "megasite" in Lubbock, where the company broke ground on the site. The megasite will provide a central point for the company's breeding and testing programs in the High Plains region.

"Texas is the major player in the U.S. cotton industry with more than 50 percent of the country's planted acres," said Dr. Trevor Hohls, Monsanto global cotton breeding lead. "We have made some great progress with well-adapted germplasm in the past couple of years and are seeing great results with Deltapine's Class of 09 varieties and Class of 10 candidates. This increase in research will provide continued breakthroughs in genetics and technology for the farm."

The site, the Monsanto Texas Cotton Research Center, is being developed on a 12.2-acre site within the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance Business Park. Hohls said it will draw together a number of programs and contribute additional resources in the area.

"This megasite will let our programs in Hale Center and Haskell work alongside discovery breeding, biotech and testing programs," Hohls explained. "A new testing center in South Texas will connect to these as well to provide additional environments to use in the breeding and testing of our products. We will be utilizing the latest technologies to select the traits of greatest interest, measure progress in our water-use efficiency program and conduct testing across diverse genetics and environments."

Kendall Bonds, Monsanto's western region testing lead, estimates that 20 employees will be based at the facility. He explains that due to the nature of the work, a large percentage of the team has advanced degrees in genetics or other technical fields. Specialized equipment and computer technologies are also a factor for the facility.

"Cotton farming requires a lot of specialized equipment. Our breeding and testing programs have similar needs, but on a different scale, as we look at individual plants or small numbers of plants rather than fields," Bonds explains. "Our site will bring these technologies together to help us do that field work and analyze data. The combination of the field and lab components enables us to determine what is working well and the opportunities we have will produce real returns on our investment for farmers and the company."

Leadership of the Plains Cotton Growers Association, city government and the Texas Senate agriculture committee were among the participants in the groundbreaking.

Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy.

Monsanto


Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 20th Sep 2017

India needs to double cotton farmers’ income: top official

India needs to double the income of cotton farmers and non-farmers...

Textiles | On 20th Sep 2017

Pakistan seeks more JVs with China: textile minister

The Pakistani Government wants to forge more joint ventures (JVs)...

Apparel/Garments | On 20th Sep 2017

Egypt’s garment exports touch $941 million in 8 months

Egypt's garment exports touched $941 million in the first eight...

Interviews View All

Abhishek Ganguly
Puma India

‘As a brand, Puma is always looking for new and innovative ways to inspire ...

Amrit Sethia
SOIE

‘The intimatewear category in India is slowly becoming trend-sensitive.’

Sanjay Yagnik
Maa Tex Speciality

‘We suggest reducing dosage of sizing chemicals to reduce sludge...

Suresh Patel
Sidwin Fabric

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

Paolo Ocleppo
Sandvik Hyperion

Paolo Ocleppo, Rotary Cutting Segment manager, Sandvik Hyperion discusses...

Iago Castro Asensio
RCfil Distribuciones S.L.

Iago Castro Asensio, International Business Manager of RCfil...

Igor Chapurin
Chapurin

"Now we can see the Russian trend in international fashion. And Russian...

Judy Frater
Somaiya Kala Vidya

Among the many honours showered on Frater, including Fulbright and Ford...

Ritu Kumar
Label Ritu Kumar

‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

September 2017

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

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes
74.5%
No
12.8%
Skip
12.8%

Total Votes: 47

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes
61.7%
No
25.5%
Skip
12.8%

Total Votes: 47

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes
87.2%
No
6.4%
Skip
6.4%

Total Votes: 47

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

Active Poll

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes
70.2%
No
10.6%
Skip
19.1%

Total Votes: 47


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search