Choosing an appropriate variety, Cotton Choices® and row configuration

8 Golden Rules of dryland cotton


Choosing an appropriate variety, Cotton Choices® and row configuration


Variety choice.

  • Obtain the relevant CSD Grower Agreement and Monsanto Technology User Agreement (TUA):
    • Cotton planting seed within Australia cannot be purchased without both of these agreements in place as this is a government regulatory requirement.
    • These agreements can be obtained from your local cotton seed supplier/Bayer Technology Service Provider (TSP) who can also provide advice on how to order seed.

Select variety based on:

  • Yield in your area and production type.
  • Disease tolerances.
  • Resilience in fibre quality, especially in the toughest of seasons.
  • Technology choice.

There are also sales and marketing offers provided by both CSD and Monsanto, which may be of interest.

  • Your consultant will be able to assist you in making an educated decision on which variety and how Cotton Choices® will suit your specific situation.
  • Cotton Choices® provides grower flexibility by allowing Bollgard® 3, Bollgard II® and Roundup Ready Flex® growers the ability to choose the best payment option for their technology fees to suit the financial and production risks of their farm.

Match seed treatment choice to expected disease and early season insect pressure.

  • Your consultant will be able to assist you in selecting a suitable seed treatment.

Plan a refuge area for your crop

  • As part of the Australian cotton industry resistance management plan, if you are growing cotton containing one of Bayer's insect management technologies, you are required to plant a refuge area which will vary depending on the amount of cotton grown refuge species and the technology choice made.
    - Information on the purpose of, the types and requirements for the refuge crop can be found by referring the Bollgard 3 Resistance Management Plan (RMP) and the Bollgard II Resistance Management Plan (RMP) in your TUA. You can also calculate your refuge requirements using the Bollgard 3 refuge calculator.

Row configuration.

  • There are many row configurations for planting dryland cotton. These can vary depending on wheel spacing, soil type and PAWC*, rainfall reliability and forecast. 
  • It is important to remember that the row configuration must suit your system and that you need to have access to equipment to plant and pick.
  • Research what planting configurations other dryland cotton growers are using and speak with your consultant to decide which configuration best suits your system.
  • Row configuration can be used as a risk management tool, especially in low summer rainfall zones by:
    • Reducing production costs.
    • Enlarging the bucket of stored soil moisture available to each plant (i.e. less plants per given area).
    • Provide the best chance of high fibre quality in tough seasons.


*Plant Available Water Content