LUBBOCK, TEXAS (April 18, 2013) – Overcoming a two-year drought in the Southwest, a record number of FiberMax® growers achieved one-ton yields during the 2012 season. Bayer CropScience honored 194 growers at the eighth annual FiberMax One Ton Club awards banquet on April 4 in Lubbock. Of growers honored, 117 were first-time One Ton Club members, the highest number of first-year members since the club began in 2005.
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. This year, growers from Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas were honored to join the club, which has inducted 527 members during the last eight years.
“It is our honor to recognize these FiberMax growers for their outstanding achievements, especially considering the drought and adversities they have overcome,” said Jeff Brehmer, U.S. product manager for FiberMax cotton. “These growers use innovative production practices and push FiberMax germplasm to reach its greatest potential. This year, we recognized 117 first-time One Ton Club members, many who reached their highest yields ever with the latest FiberMax germplasm and Bayer trait technologies such as GlyTol and LibertyLink.”
According to Brehmer, growers have produced One Ton Club yields with 27 FiberMax varieties since the inception of the club. These varieties offer high yield, excellent fiber quality and production options that fit diverse farming operations.
“During the last few years, we have seen an increasing number of growers qualify for the One Ton Club each year, with a greater number of FiberMax varieties represented at every banquet,” Brehmer said. “This year, growers qualified for the One Ton Club with 10 different FiberMax varieties, which demonstrates the wide adaptability of our germplasm across varied production scenarios.”
One Ton Truck Winner
The banquet featured a drawing for a two-year lease on a Ford® Super Duty® F-350 King Ranch® truck. Duane Braden, a six-year One Ton Club member from Garden City, Texas, won the lease. Braden averaged 2,505 pounds per acre using FM 2484B2F and FM 9160B2F. Braden said the key to his One Ton Club success was water, fertilizer and FiberMax varieties that provide top yield and fiber quality.
“We had good water and fertilizer, and we had a little bit of rain during the growing season that helped us along,” Braden said. “FiberMax varieties yield well for me, and they have high-quality fiber.”
For Braden, the One Ton Club banquet gives him an opportunity to converse with other growers who are producing one-ton yields and learn about their production techniques. One of those growers is his uncle Kenneth Braden, who won the One Ton Club truck at the 2010 banquet. Even with a past truck winner in the family, Duane never expected that he would sit behind the wheel of this year’s truck.
“I could not imagine this at all,” Braden said. “They said my name, and I just sat there. I had to let it sink in for a second. It’s exciting that this year’s One Ton Club truck is coming back to St. Lawrence County.”
Duane and Carla Braden pose outside the FiberMax® One Ton Club™ banquet after winning a two-year lease on the FiberMax One Ton Club Ford® Super Duty® F-350 King Ranch® truck.
Best of the Best
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, 2,910 lbs/A and $1,579 per acre
Highest Loan Value:
Justin Schwartz, Garden City, Texas, and Todd Suter, Coyanosa, Texas, 58 cents loan value
Most Varieties Achieving One Ton Club Yields (three varieties):
Apple Creek Farms Inc., Garden City, Texas; Duwane Billings, Seagraves, Texas; and Charles Braden, Garden City, Texas
Jack Crowl, Stinnett, Texas, 877 acres
In addition to these awards, Rob Knorr of Maricopa, Arizona, Troy Ritter of Groom, Texas, and Aaron Wilson of Lockney, Texas, were chosen in a drawing to each receive 15 bags of FiberMax cotton seed.
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