Bayer opens US cotton/soybean breeding station
Bayer CropScience has opened a US cotton and soybean seed breeding and trait development station at Pikeville, North Carolina. It is the first of several such breeding stations throughout North and South America and the first to combine work on two crops, the company points out. The facility will support the breeding of Bayer's FiberMax and Stoneville cotton varieties and its Credenz soybeans for the mid-Atlantic and southern US regions. The former Bayer Healthcare site has a 4,227 sq ft (393 m2) office building, a 13,057 sq ft processing building and a 13,904 sq ft equipment barn and an outdoor pavilion.