For Immediate Release

Take the Guesswork out of Timing for Cotton Planting

Use the Bayer Cotton Planting Forecasting tool to promote a healthy stand

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The itch starts when the days get warmer and early-blooming trees start popping; it's the itch to plant, to get back in the field, to start a new cotton crop.

Use science at planting to help ensure a stronger stand and set your crop on the path to high yield. The Cotton Planting Forecasting Tool, available at and, is your first step for timing.

The itch inevitably starts before planting is prudent. To temper the itch and time planting for the optimal window to get a strong stand capable of weathering Mother Nature's capricious assaults, growers can turn to the online Cotton Planting Forecasting tool.

"Cotton Planting Forecasting is a tremendous tool to use to see what the forecast looks like," says Kenny Melton, Bayer agronomic service team manager for the West region. "So often we just think about our immediate conditions when we need to be thinking whether the soil has warmed up and whether current conditions are going to stay. It's more about the five-day forecast and getting the heat units that are necessary to get your crop up and running."

Developed by agronomists at Bayer in conjunction with the Center for Geospatial Technology at Texas Tech University, this tool provides a belt-wide cotton planting forecast for your desired county or area based on air and soil temperatures and cotton growing degree day (DD60) conditions.

"Optimizing yield starts at planting," says Scott Asher, Bayer agronomic service team manager for the East region. "This tool is a way to set growers up for a successful season."

To use the tool:

  • Go online:
  • Click on your county on the map
  • A report will come up with a summary statement, such as "planting not recommended due to soil temp" or "planting conditions are marginal"
  • The report will include three levels of data:
    • The five-day minimum air temps forecasted
    • The Mesonet soil temp at 11 a.m.
    • The DD60 five-day forecast
  • A grower at this point also can input the soil temp if a Mesonet soil temp is not available for their county or if they want to use their own soil temperature

Planting into optimal conditions is the goal; planting into close-to-optimal conditions is the reality when growers have a lot of acres to get across and spring weather compresses the planting window.

"People want to go in early – and sometimes they have to because they have to manage a large number of acres," Melton acknowledges. "What we must remember is when we have to replant, we're really late. It's better to get that seed down when the temperatures are right and we can get that crop off to a good start. Use the Cotton Planting Forecasting to set yourself up for success."

Bayer is committed to bringing new technology and solutions for agriculture and non-agricultural uses. For questions concerning the availability and use of products, contact a local Bayer representative, or visit Crop Science, a division of Bayer, online at

Visit the Bayer Connect - Social Hub for social media, recent news, blog posts, videos and more from Crop Science, a division of Bayer.

About Bayer
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2017, the Group employed around 99,800 people and had sales of EUR 35.0 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.4 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 4.5 billion. For more information, go to


Bayer Media Hotline, 1-862-404-5118, or
Linda Arnold Whaley
Crop Science, a division of Bayer
Tel: (919) 549-2836

Pam Caraway
Rhea + Kaiser
Tel: (850) 758-8700

Find more information at

Forward-Looking Statements
This release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Bayer's public reports which are available on the Bayer website at The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.

© 2018 Bayer CropScience LP, 2 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Always read and follow label instructions. Bayer and the Bayer Cross are registered trademarks of Bayer. For additional product information, call toll-free 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937) or visit our website at