Select the right variety and seed treatment

10 Point Plan for irrigated cotton


Select the right variety and seed treatment


Obtain the relevant CSD Grower Agreement, and and Bayer Technology User Agreement (TUA) if growing cotton containing Bayer insect management and/or herbicide tolerance technologies.

  • Cotton planting seed within Australia cannot be purchased without the appropriate agreements being in place as a requirement of the government regulations.
  • These agreements can be obtained from your local cotton seed supplier (CSD Agent/Bayer Technology Service Provider (TSP)) who will have further information on how to order seed.

Select variety based on:

  • Yield in your area and production type.
  • Disease tolerances.
  • Resilience in fibre quality.
  • Technology choice.

There are also sales and marketing offers provided by CSD and Bayer which may be of interest. Visit Cotton Choices® for further information on technology fee options.

Your consultant will be able to assist you in making an educated decision on which variety and 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 combination.

Plan a refuge area for your crop.

  • A refuge is a block or strip of crop without the Bt gene. The purpose of the refuge area is to prevent pests from developing resistance to the technology.
  • 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 and the technology grown i.e. Bollgard II and/or Bollgard 3.
  • Information on the purpose of and the types and requirements for your 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.