US Cotton Success

Changing the Way We’ve Farmed: Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Bollgard Cotton in the U.S.

U.S. farmers became some of the first to use Bollgard® cotton, upon its introduction in 1996. The product provides farmers with built-in insect-protection against the cotton bollworm, tobacco budworm and pink bollworm, allowing them to reduce reliance on pesticides and insecticides

Success on the Farm

Will Boyd, a Georgia cotton farmer, has been growing Bollgard cotton since its introduction. Over the past 15 years, he’s seen many improvements on his farm.

“The last time we grew conventional cotton, we sprayed 11 times per year,” Boyd said. “Now we’re down to spraying four or five times for insects, usually four. I have more profit potential with cotton than I do with anything else right now. It’s just what we do. I am a cotton farmer.”

Hear more about what Boyd had to say about Bollgard technology on his farm.

The Future of U.S. Cotton

“Bollgard technology is tremendous. It really changed the way we farm.” – Will Boyd

So what’s to come for U.S. cotton farmers? Researchers around the world are using advanced breeding and biotechnology to develop better seeds for farmers. And when farmers combine those with better farming techniques, they’re in a better position to meet the world’s demand for food, clothing and fuel – while also helping reduce the need for water, land, pesticides and fossil fuels while meeting those demands.  Monsanto is doing our part by working to bring more advanced technologies to the farm, such as drought-tolerant cotton, a third generation of Bollgard technology and a Cotton Lygus Control product.  

Without new cotton technologies in the market, farmers could see minimal yield gains over the years, but, as indicated in the chart below, the potential dramatically increases with the addition of breeding, biotechnology and agronomic practices. Think about how many people – in the U.S. and around the world – could benefit from those additional pounds of cotton.