Your Regional Agronomist

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Kenny Melton – Western Region Agronomic Manager, Southern High Plains, New Mexico, Arizona and California

Western Region Agronomic Manager and Regional Cotton Agronomist for Arizona and California, Kenny Melton grew up on a family farm in Plainview, Texas, growing cotton, corn, sorghum, wheat, soybeans and sunflowers. He earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Entomology from Texas A&M University and worked as an agricultural consultant for 12 years, before returning to school for a Ph.D. in Agronomy. Since then, he has worked with Stoneville for 11 years and the Crop Science, a division of Bayer, Agronomic Services Team for seven.

"Central and Western AZ conditions demand varieties that can take the heat.  ST 4946GLB2 is an excellent fit for those areas and has the bonus of very good resistance to the Root Knot Nematode.  In the eastern part of the state, FM 1830GLT is a variety that has been delivering excellent yields as well as great fiber quality—a characteristic that is especially important in times when the market is down. 

In California, Daytona RF is an Acala variety that has been very stable and dependable for several years to deliver on both yield and quality.  FM 1830GLT and FM 2334GLT are upland varieties that also offer excellent yield potential and some of the best fiber quality available in an upland variety. "

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Tim Culpepper - Northern High Plains, Oklahoma Panhandle and Kansas

Tim Culpepper

Tim Culpepper

Regional Cotton Agronomist

Regional Variety Sheet –
Southwest

Regional Cotton Agronomist for the Northern High Plains, Rolling Plains, Oklahoma and Kansas, Tim grew up in Lubbock on his family’s farm. In school, Tim studied agricultural economics and crop science, earning a master’s degree from Texas Tech University. He most recently spent several years as a Field Testing Manager for the Bayer breeding group and overall brings more than 20 years of experience in the cotton industry.

"FM 2322GL is a double-herbicide tolerant variety giving growers more options to use both Liberty and glyphosate. It is more tolerant to Verticillium wilt than any other variety in our portfolio and has an Acala background giving it high spinning qualities that benefit both producers and mills."

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Daniel Oliver Land
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Richard Minzenmayer – Rolling Plains and Oklahoma

Richard Minzenmayer

Richard Minzenmayer

Regional Cotton Agronomist

Regional Variety Sheet –
Southwest

Minzenmayer grew up in Midland, Texas and received his Bachelor of Science in entomology from Texas Tech University and his master’s degree from Angelo State University. He worked as an Extension agent IPM with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for 30 years. Minzenmayer has worked extensively in cotton and grain sorghum production.

“Cotton growers in the northern High Plains of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas have found success when planting FiberMax varieties FM 1900GLT and FM 2007GLT. Both varieties are well-adapted and proven to produce high yields with the FiberMax germplasm. They have excellent fiber quality and include GlyTol® LibertyLink® traits for applications of Liberty® herbicide and glyphosate.”

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Richard Minzenmayer – Rolling Plains and Oklahoma

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Heath Reeves – South, East and Central Texas

Heath Reeves

Heath Reeves

Regional Cotton Agronomist

Regional Variety Sheet –
South Texas

Heath Reeves is one of the newest members of the Crop Science, a division of Bayer, Agronomic Services. Heath grew up on a small family farm in Cotton Center, TX. Heath began his college career in 2006 at Texas Tech University, where he earned a degree in Agronomy with a minor in Agricultural Economics. Upon graduation in 2010, Heath began a Master's degree at Texas Tech. He investigated the effects of early irrigation termination on cotton. He was under the guidance of Dr. Glen Ritchie and earned his Master's in Cotton Physiology in the Spring of 2012.

“FM 1944GLB2 is one of our most highly adaptable varieties, and offers high yield potential coupled with excellent fiber quality. It does well across many geographies and weather conditions, and gives growers flexibility with herbicide choices. This will become more and more important as Roundup resistance continues to spread.”

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Craig Bednarz - Southwest

Craig Bednarz

Craig Bednarz

Regional Cotton Agronomist

Regional Variety Sheet –
Southwest

Craig Bednarz, regional Cotton Agronomist for the Southwest is from Idalou, Texas. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas Tech University in 1989 and 1991, respectively. Craig continued his graduate education at the University of Arkansas where he received a Ph.D. degree in crop physiology in 1995. From 1995 to 2010 Craig worked as a crop physiologist for Mississippi State University, The University of Georgia, Texas Tech University and Texas AgriLife. In 2010 Craig joined Bayer as the breeder and manager of its High Plains breeding station in Idalou. Craig joined the Agronomic Services team in November 2015.

“All of us in the High Plains understand the Ogalalla Aquifer is a finite water resource. Improved yields with more efficient use of water is critical for the continued prosperity of our West Texas cotton industry. ST 4946GLB2, FM 2011GT and FM 1911GLT offer improved yields under dryland or limited irrigation. These varieties also have very good resistance to root-knot nematodes for those more coarse textured soils in the Southern High Plains. Vigorous germination and seedling establishment are also characteristic of these varieties, which may be critical under less optimal planting conditions. Finally, these varieties possess the storm tolerant boll type needed for our West Texas harvest seasons.”

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Southwest
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Scott Asher – Eastern Region Agronomic Manager

Scott Asher grew up on his family farm in the Texas panhandle, growing cotton, corn, grain sorghum and wheat. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from Texas A&M University and his Master of Science and PhD in Crop Science from Texas Tech University. Scott has 18 years of experience in the agricultural industry.

“Stoneville cotton seed provides growers the total package with outstanding weed management and pest protection, while delivering high-quality cotton with excellent yield potential.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kyle Fontenot – Louisiana and Southern Arkansas

Kyle Fontenot

Kyle Fontenot

Regional Cotton Agronomist

Regional Variety Sheet –
East

Regional Cotton Agronomist for Southern Arkansas and Louisiana, Kyle Fontenot grew up working on his family’s farm in southern Louisiana, where they raised cattle and grew soybeans, sorghum and sweet potatoes. He studied Agronomy and Entomology at Louisiana State University, earning a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science, respectively. Before joining the Agronomic Services Team, he worked as a crop scout.

“Varieties that incorporate the LibertyLink trait technology have proven well adapted. Another benefit: the LibertyLink trait with Liberty herbicide is the only available nonselective herbicide option for proactive growers to prevent and fight glyphosate resistance on their farm.”

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Kyle Frontenot  Land
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Steve Lee – Southeast Missouri & Northern Arkansas

Steve Lee

Steve Lee

Regional Cotton Agronomist

Regional Variety Sheet –
East

Regional Cotton Agronomist for the North Delta, Steve Lee studied Agronomy at the University of Arkansas, earning a Master's degree before working as a field research and product development representative. He has interacted with some of the most recognized researchers in the area, addressing such issues as resistant weed management in cotton and soybean production. He has 25 years of experience in the industry.

“Stoneville varieties are proven performers in the north Delta. ST 4946GLB2 is a well-adapted variety with good tolerance to root-knot nematodes and full tolerance to both Liberty and glyphosate herbicide combinations to combat weed resistance. ST 4747GLB2 is an earlier maturing variety with improved disease tolerance. The GlyTol LibertyLink trait combination provides growers an effective option to prevent and manage glyphosate resistance on their farms.”

My Regions:

Steve Lee Land
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Andy White – Mississippi

Andy White

Andy White

Regional Cotton Agronomist

Regional Variety Sheet –
East

Regional Cotton Agronomist for Mississippi, Andy White has been in the ag industry since 1989. He earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from Louisiana State University and was a cotton consultant for five years. He also performed field research before joining the Crop Science, a division of Bayer, Agronomic Services Team.

“ST 4946GLB2 has continued to demonstrate an excellent fit across many soil types and irrigation practices throughout the Eastern U.S. It continues to provide high yields and is easy to manage.”

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Andy White Land
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Debbie Brown - Mid-Atlantic

Regional Cotton Agronomist for the Atlantic, Deborah Brown studied at Georgia Southern University and Clemson University, earning a Master of Science in Biology and a Ph.D. in Entomology. She has 18 years of experience in agriculture.

“ST 4946GLB2 continues to prove itself in the Carolinas. Record yields, root-knot nematode tolerance and the ability to spray both Liberty and glyphosate, with the stacked GlyTol LibertyLink traits, make it a truly exceptional cotton variety.”

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Debbie Brown  Land
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Jenny Cahoon - Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina

Jenny Johnson

Jenny Cahoon

Regional Cotton Agronomist

Regional Variety Sheet –
East

Regional Cotton Agronomist for the Mid Atlantic, Jenny Cahoon is from a small town in northeast North Carolina where agriculture is still a way a life for a lot of folks. In August 2005, Jenny began an undergraduate degree at North Carolina State University in Agriculture Extension Education. She spent her summers working for a crop consultant back home in Halifax County, and later worked for a professor on campus whose responsibilities included aquatic and non-cropland weed research. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree a semester early in December 2008, Jenny immediately began working on a Master of Crop Science under the advisement of Drs. Loren Fisher, David Jordan, and Keith Edmisten. For the next two years, she researched the effects of simulated drift of dicamba, glufosinate, and 2,4-D on cotton, peanut, soybean, and tobacco. Upon completion of her degree in the spring of 2011 she accepted an internship in central Louisiana working for a crop consultant and private contract researcher where she was responsible for scouting crops along with implementing and executing field trials. Jenny worked for the state of North Carolina as a regional agronomist in the Tidewater region before joining the Agronomic Services Team.

"ST 4946GLB2 is an outstanding variety for the Mid-Atlantic with proven yield performance over multiple seasons. Also having true double stacked technology with both GlyTol and LibertyLink traits, gives growers flexibility in their weed management program along with excellent yield potential."

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Jenny Johnson Land
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Lucas Owen - North Alabama and Tennessee

Lucas Owen

Lucas Owen

Regional Cotton Agronomist

Regional Variety Sheet –
East

Lucas N. Owen is one of 13 members of the Crop Science, a division of Bayer, Agronomic Services team throughout the United States. Lucas grew up in a small town in west Tennessee, where he sparked interest in agriculture. Lucas enrolled in the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2003 where he later completed a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. During his stay at the University of Tennessee Martin Lucas worked for a reputable crop consultant in the west Tennessee area. Upon graduation in 2007 Lucas began a Master's degree at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Lucas was under the advice of Dr. Lawrence E. Steckel where he investigated fall burndown applications of herbicides for control of glyphosate resistant horseweed (Conyza canadensis). Lucas received his Master's degree in Weed Science in the Spring of 2009. Lucas then enrolled at Mississippi State University to pursue a degree in Entomology under the advice of Drs. Angus Catchot and Fred Musser. At MSU Lucas investigated the impacts of defoliating insects in soybeans during the various stages of development, and also worked as a Research Associate II for Dr. Angus Catchot. Lucas graduated from Mississippi State University with his Ph. D in the spring of 2012.

“ST 4747GLB2 and ST 4946GLB2 with GlyTol LibertyLink Bollgard II® technology offer full tolerance to Liberty herbicide and glyphosate as well as protection from a wide range of lepidopteran pests. With great adaptability to the region and strong vigor, these varieties allow growers to produce a strong and healthy crop.”

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Lucas Owen Land
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