Bayer CropScience has opened a $6.3 million facility that will focus on developing new varieties of cotton and soybeans in Pikeville, a Wayne County town about 42 miles southeast of Raleigh.
Located on more than 150 acres, the breeding and trait development station will focus on identifying, testing and developing new cotton and soybean varieties suitable for growing in mid-Atlantic and Southern states. It includes four new buildings on a former Bayer Healthcare site.
The facility has eight full-time employees as well as five to 10 contractors and seasonal staff.
Bayer CropScience, a subsidiary of the German conglomerate Bayer, has its North American headquarters in Research Triangle Park. The company, which has been steadily expanding its RTP presence, also moved its global seeds headquarters to RTP from France in 2012.
The new Pikeville facility is the first of several breeding stations Bayer CropScience plans to establish in North and South America.