Bayer CropScience honored 328 FiberMax cotton growers who achieved one-ton yields during the 2013 season at the ninth annual FiberMax One Ton Club awards banquet in early April in Lubbock.
This year, 194 inductees were first-time One Ton Club members – the highest number of first-year members since the club began.
The FiberMax One Ton Club recognizes growers who produce 2,000 pounds or more of lint cotton per acre on at least 20 acres using FiberMax cotton seed. FiberMax has inducted 723 growers into the One Ton Club since 2005.
“Bayer CropScience is honored to recognize these cotton growers for their outstanding yields with FiberMax cotton,” said Jeff Brehmer, U.S. product manager for FiberMax cotton. “For the last few years, despite production challenges, we have seen an increasing number of One Ton Club members, which is a great testimony to the ingenuity and adaptability of these growers.”
Brehmer said the greater number of One Ton Club growers was attributed to excellent crop management, good inputs, timely irrigation and FiberMax varieties with higher-yielding germplasm. Southwest growers made the One Ton Club this year with 14 different FiberMax varieties.
“We’re always excited to see what growers are able to achieve with these varieties, especially in terms of yield and lint quality,” added Brehmer. “In 2013, two growers produced more than 3,000 pounds of lint cotton per acre with FiberMax varieties, and several growers had loan values above 58 cents with one ton yields. When growers increase their production and profitability, it improves the quality of life for their families and the surrounding communities.”
All 2013 One Ton Club members were entered into a drawing for a two-year lease on a Ford Super Duty F-350 King Ranch truck, which was won by Todd and Kristin Vincent, first-year One Ton Club members from Canyon, TX. The Vincents averaged 2,019 pounds per acre on 124 acres, using FM 2011GT and FM 1740B2F.
Other individual awards were presented during the banquet: included highest yield, highest loan value, highest gross loan value per acre, most commercial acres and most varieties:
Highest Yield and Highest Gross Loan Value Per Acre – Vance and Mandie Smith, Big Spring, TX.
Highest Loan Value – Larry Hancock, Ehrenberg, AZ.
Most Varieties Achieving One Ton Club Yields (three varieties) – Apple Creek Farms Inc., Garden City, TX; Charles Braden, Garden City, TX; and Larry Hancock, Ehrenberg, AZ.
Most Commercial Acres – Kitten Land Company, Slaton, TX.
Source – Bayer CropScience