Farm Progress

The Breeding and Trait Development Station at Pikeville is the first of several Bayer CropScience breeding stations throughout North and South America.  

April 1, 2015

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<p>Surrounded by Bayer Pikeville employees, Dr. Richard Reich (fifth from left) assistant commissioner, North Carolina Department of Agriculture; Brent Styles, Pikeville site manager; Frank Terhorst, global head of seeds for Bayer CropScience, and Mike Gilbert, head of global breeding and trait development for Bayer CropScience cut the ribbon on Bayer CropScience&rsquo;s newest trait development and breeding station.</p>

Bayer CropScience has opened a new $6.3 million, 150-acre breeding and trait development station in Pikeville, N.C. that will identify, test and develop new cotton and soybean varieties for the mid-Atlantic and Southern U.S. markets.

The Breeding and Trait Development Station at Pikeville is the first of several Bayer CropScience breeding stations throughout North and South America and the first to combine work on two crops. The facility will support the development and testing of Bayer CropScience’s FiberMax  and Stoneville cotton varieties and Credenz  soybeans for the mid-Atlantic region. The quality and yield of cotton and soybeans will also be evaluated.

The facility, with eight full-time and five to 10 contractors and seasonal staff, consists of four new buildings on a renovated former Bayer Healthcare site, including a 4,227-square-foot office building, a 13,057-square-foot processing building, a 13,904-square-foot equipment barn and an outdoor pavilion. Previous site buildings were removed to accommodate new construction.

“Our Breeding and Trait Development Station at Pikeville will have a significant impact on the way cotton and soybeans are grown and developed throughout this area of the country,” said Brent Styles, site and testing manager for the Breeding and Trait Development Station at Pikeville. “We place a high emphasis on quality management and seed stewardship, in order to ensure our cotton and soybean-related products are the most beneficial to growers.”

 

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