Growers will have three new cotton varieties from Bayer for the 2016 growing season including one FiberMax and two Stoneville offerings. All three new varieties are stacked with proprietary Bayer traits including GlyTol, LibertyLink and TwinLinktechnologies.

GlyTol and LibertyLink technology traits enable safe, over-the-top applications of glyphosate and Libertyherbicide to manage tough-to-control weeds. The added TwinLink technology provides two Bt genes for season-long protection against lepidopteran pests such as cotton bollworm, pink bollworm and tobacco budworm.

“We’re excited to announce these new FiberMax and Stoneville varieties for 2016 because they expand our current variety portfolio and help address real challenges to production issues that growers face year-to-year on their individual farms,” says Jeff Brehmer, U.S. product manager for FiberMax and Stoneville. “U.S. cotton growers know what they need in challenging, often adverse, conditions. Our goal is to work with them in an ongoing cooperative effort to give them new tools each year to help them realize their maximum profit potential.”

Regional cotton agronomists test new FiberMax and Stoneville varieties annually through Cotton Agronomic Performance (CAP) trials across the Cotton Belt. CAP trials provide on-farm experience so growers and consultants can evaluate how varieties perform across different soil types, geographical regions, farming practices and water-management techniques.

Bayer begins the process of variety development by surveying stakeholders about the production challenges growers face regarding cottonseed varieties. Researchers, breeders and agronomists then work together to develop varieties for improved fiber quality, higher yield potential and increased profits.