DELTA AND PINE LAND Company has announced the purchase of a research facility in nearby Winterville, Miss., and plans to expand its cotton research facilities in Scott, Miss.

The expansion plans at D&PL world headquarters in Scott include building four greenhouses, nearly doubling the greenhouse space at the facility. Additional greenhouse space is also available at the Winterville facility, which combines labs with production acreage for product development.

The investments will cost approximately $2 million and lead to the creation of several new positions.

“Cotton is our core business. We are committed to accelerating our ability to develop and introduce innovations in this crop,” said Murray Robinson, company president and CEO.

“For the last several years we have increased research and development in technology to remain the industry's leader.”

“As we move further into molecular breeding and new transgenic traits, expansion offers us the ability to more quickly seize opportunities,” said Bill Hugie, D&PL vice president of research.

“We will be able to employ and incorporate the latest technologies in the labs and greenhouses. This is augmented by almost 200 acres on which we can field test new varieties and new technologies.”

Robinson said research and development are central to the company's strategic plan. “We are actively pursuing new technologies that will benefit our customers. We have been instrumental in introducing most of the recent breakthroughs to cotton farmers.

“By working with a number of partners, we are poised to bring even greater value to customers through the seed.”