New to cotton?

Bayer biotech traits in Australia have provided cotton growers with excellent insect control (through Bollgard® technology) and weed control (through Roundup Ready Flex® technology) since their introduction in 1996.

Cotton varieties incorporating these traits offer a significant boost to productivity over conventional varieties while reducing environmental impacts. These benefits include fewer pesticide applications, easier crop management and increased profitability.

Bollgard® 3 is the third generation product, providing in-built protection against the larvae of Helicoverpa spp., one of the cotton industry’s most significant insect pests.

There is a technology fee for growing cotton varieties that include Bayer traits – a cost that is in addition to that of the seed.

By growing Bollgard 3/Roundup Ready Flex, Bollgard II®/Roundup Ready Flex, Bollgard II or Roundup Ready Flex varieties in the 2018/19 cotton season, you can be eligible for Cotton Choices™ – a program that lets you choose between three options by field as to when you pay your Bayer technology fee:

Cotton Choices™ 1: Price Discount

Cotton Choices™ 2: Late Crop Removal

Cotton Choices™ 3: End Point Royalty

  • An up-front discount for payment by 28 February 2021
  • Suited for fields with secure and reliable access to water/moisture and environmental conditions


  • Your technology fee is waived if your crop is removed by 15 March 2021 for early crops or 16 April 2020 for late crops*
  • Extended payment terms – 31 July 2021
  • Fields where above average yields are expected but there is the risk of the crop failing/needing to be removed
  • Pay your technology fee per bale.
  • Reduces the risk – reduced yields means reduced total technology fee
  • Particularly suited for dryland cotton growers
  • Payment at time of ginning

*must be reported to Bayer by 15 March 2021 for early crops or 16 April 2021 for late crops

Helpful checklist

Here’s a starting point for what you need to do before you plant varieties containing Bollgard 3, Bollgard II or Roundup Ready Flex technology:

  • Find your local Technology Service Provider, you can complete your accreditation (required before growing Bayer cotton traits), get advice on your best Cotton Choices™ selections. You can also use the calculator to compare different scenarios for your farm.
  • Sign your Technology User Agreement online – a legal agreement that you need to sign every season before taking delivery of seed. The TUA covers your stewardship obligations as part of the Resistance Management Plan.
  • Make sure you’re aware of the key dates associated with your Cotton Choices™ selection and region.

If you have any questions or would like to talk to someone about growing cotton for the first time contact your Bayer Terrtiory Business Manager.