Tuesday, May 3, 2011

FiberMax Honors New Class of One Ton Growers

Bayer CropScience inducts 87 growers at sixth annual banquet

LUBBOCK, TEXAS (May 3, 2011) – Bayer CropScience recently hosted the sixth annual FiberMax® One Ton Club™ awards banquet to honor the 2010 class of One Ton Club growers. The club recognizes growers who produce 2,000 lbs or more of lint cotton per acre on at least 20 acres using FiberMax cotton.

Eighty-seven growers achieved one ton yields in Arizona, Oklahoma and Texas to bring the total number of members to 348 since the club was established in 2005. These growers overcame seasonal challenges to produce some of the highest yields in U.S. cotton last season.

According to Jeff Brehmer, U.S. marketing manager for FiberMax cotton, growers have produced One Ton Club yields with 25 FiberMax varieties, including two of the new FiberMax varieties with GlyTol® technology. These varieties offer yield, fiber quality, maturity ranges and growth patterns that fit diverse farming geographies.  

“It is our honor to recognize these growers for their outstanding achievement,” Brehmer said. “These growers employ Best Management Practices and innovative techniques to produce high-quality, high-yielding cotton. We congratulate them for setting the bar very high for top yields and fiber quality.”

One Ton Truck Winner
The banquet featured the drawing for a two-year lease on a Ford® Super Duty® F-350 King Ranch® truck. Stone Oren, a first-year One Ton Club member from Erick, Okla., won the lease and said he would proudly drive the truck.

“This is unreal – words can’t even describe how I feel. I am just elated,” Oren said. “I actually went by the Ford dealership earlier today because I’ve been thinking about getting a new truck. When I left home, I didn’t think I had a chance of winning, but I knew one thing – I was going to try.”

Oren made the One Ton Club with FM 1740B2F and produced 2,024 lbs/A on a 130 acre center-pivot. His fiber quality graded at a USDA loan value of 56.11 cents. A longtime peanut farmer and cattle rancher, Oren started farming cotton five years ago after learning that several varieties worked well in his shorter Oklahoma growing season. Oren said FiberMax varieties provide the tools he needs to maximize his potential.

“We all try to do the very best we can and produce a really good product, and FiberMax enables me to produce high-yielding, high-quality cotton,” Oren said. “It is very important that the overseas mills want our cotton, and we need good quality fiber to meet their demand. We are competing with the world, and FiberMax allows me to do that.”

Individual awards presented during the banquet included highest yield, highest loan value, highest gross value per acre, most acres and most varieties:

   • Highest Yield and Highest Gross Value Per Acre:
     Vance Smith, Big Spring, Texas, 2,856 lbs/A and $1,626/A

   • Highest Loan Value:
     Corey Duesterhaus, Littlefield, Texas, 57.43 cents

   • Most Acres and Most Varieties Achieving One Ton Club Yields:
     Larry Hancock, Ehrenberg, Arizona, 210 acres and three varieties:
     FM 2011GT, FM 2484B2F and FM 9170B2F

In addition to these awards, Bobby Byrd of Hale Center, Texas; Steve Moore of Roscoe, Texas; and Randy Smith of Ropesville, Texas, were chosen in a drawing to receive fifteen bags of FiberMax cotton seed each.

Right Variety, Right Field, Right Yield™
One Ton Club members achieve these benchmark yields from FiberMax cotton by implementing a variety of Best Management Practices from preplant through harvest. Variety selection is one of the most important steps in this process.

Steve Nichols, U.S. agronomic manager for FiberMax and Stoneville® cotton seed, believes season-long management combined with the right Bayer CropScience varieties gives growers the optimum chance for success and highest profit potential.

“Bayer CropScience offers an extensive portfolio of FiberMax and Stoneville varieties that provides opportunities for growers to choose elite varieties best suited for each field,” Nichols said. “Our CAP Trial program allows cotton growers to evaluate variety performance and geographic fit and select the right variety for the right field to maximize yield potential and profitability. 

“With the introduction of GlyTol technology this year and additional traits from Bayer CropScience in the near future, growers will have greater opportunity to choose the best varieties and trait packages for their farming operations,” Nichols added. 

Growers can contact their local Bayer representative or visit www.FiberMax.com for more information on the FiberMax One Ton Club.

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