The crop protection and seed development industry landscape has undergone significant change since the 2018 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, primarily with mergers of key ag companies and subsequent acquisitions and movement of key products and personnel from one entity to another.
Representatives of five key companies took the opportunity during the Crop Consultant’s Conference, the opening segment of the 2019 Beltwide Cotton Conferences sponsored by the National Cotton Council, in New Orleans, La., to explain how the change affects their operations and what those changes will mean to their customers.
Emerging technology coming out of those mergers, they say, will offer cotton farmers new seed and crop protection products.
“We’ve had a marriage of two great companies,” said Ty Fowler, Bayer Crop Sciences, referencing the acquisition of Monsanto, finalized in the last year. He said the new company brings together “the best of both operations. And my portfolio got extremely wider with the acquisition.
“We maintain the same commitment to cotton as always.” He says Bayer has been “been delivering great germplasm and great technology for years. Now, we’re able to marry that with the personnel and chemistry” that comes with the merger and the legacy side of Bayer.
It’s good for the industry, Fowler adds. The merger will provide “more solutions and more options on more acres across your whole portfolio, from planting all the way through defoliation and harvest.”