For a good cotton harvest, a farmer needs to start with good quality seeds. The Surpass® brand of cotton seeds from Bayer are good in yield, ginning out-turn and quality and for providing farmers with a good profitable crop. The key Surpass® brands are First Class, Minerva and SP 904.
The cotton farmer also relies heavily on plant protection chemicals, such as herbicides, fungicides and insecticides where Bayer is a trusted choice of farmers. The valuable seeds need to be protected against soil-dwelling insects and early insect invasions on recently emerged plants, a job thoroughly taken care of by our seed treatment product Gaucho®. Whip® Super is an efficient grassicide that helps to manage the weed pressure on field and reduces manual weeding labour cost.
Our crop protection products for foliar use are ahead of the competition. Our range of insecticides extend from Confidor®, Confidor® Super, Admire®, Regent® SC and Oberon®, which control sucking pests and mites to Larvin® and Fame which helps to combat chewing pests. Planofix® is a novel Plant Growth Regulator that helps to combat flower dropping.
Some of the other initiatives by Bayer include a Public Private Partnership with Confederation of Indian Textile (CITI-CDRA) in Rajasthan for the improvement of cotton productivity for small and marginal farmers, established in 2008. As part of a Collaborative Cotton Mechanization Project, Bayer is working in partnership with John Deere to develop mechanical cotton sowing and picking practice in India.