Monday, July 21, 2014

Bayer CropScience Recognizes 2013 Cotton Belt Challenge Winners

Stoneville Growers Win 4WD Bad Boy Buggies Ambush Vehicle Grand Prizes
Bayer CropScience Cotton Belt Challenge

LUBBOCK, Texas (July 21, 2014) – Two Mid-South Stoneville® cotton growers are the grand prize winners in the 2013 Bayer CropScience Cotton Belt Challenge, and each received a customized 4WD Bad Boy® Buggies Ambush vehicle. Gene Adams of Manila, Ark., and Johnny Watkins of Wardell, Mo., were entered into the grand prize drawing after they won their region for highest yield and quality.  

  • Gene Adams won the irrigated yield and loan value awards for Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas with a yield of 1,425 pounds and a loan value of 54.89 with Stoneville ST 5458B2RF.

        Gene Adams of Manila, Ark., was the 2013 Cotton Belt Challenge grand prize winner for irrigated acres         

  •  Johnny Watkins won the dryland yield and loan value awards for Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas with a yield of 1,126 pounds and a loan value of 53.81 with Stoneville ST 4946GLB2. 

        Johnny Watkins (right) of Wardell, Mo., poses with Bayer CropScience sales representative Victor Sample and the dryland grand prize Bad Boy Buggie Ambush ATV. Watkins won the dryland category for highest yield and quality in his region with ST 4946GLB2.

Growers in 12 regions submitted yield and loan value entries in two categories, irrigated and dryland cotton. Regional winners received $500 worth of Innovation Plus points and an entry into the grand prize drawing. Grand prizes were awarded in both irrigated and dryland categories.

Watkins planted a Stoneville variety that was new in 2013, ST 4946GLB2, because of the increasing difficulties of glyphosate-resistant pigweeds in his area. He wanted a variety with LibertyLink® technology that would give him another option and mode of action to manage problem weeds.

“I have always liked Stoneville cotton, and I wanted to try a variety that would allow me to spray Liberty or glyphosate,” Watkins said. “The Liberty herbicide worked really well, and I was very pleased with the yield and quality. Last year was my best cotton crop – the highest average yields I have ever had.”

Like Watkins, Adams had excellent yields on his farm in 2013 due to seasonal, timely rains. He said the Stoneville varieties continue to improve and provide opportunities for growers to achieve better production.

“I have always liked Stoneville cotton, and the varieties keep getting better and better,” Adams said. “These newer varieties are real race horses, so you can manage them for high yields and good grades.”

Adams said fiber quality is more important than ever before, and he pays more attention to loan values because higher quality means better marketability and more profitable cotton production.

 “The gins and cotton buyers want better quality, and we can get a premium for it,” Adams said. “With production costs and cotton prices where they are, we need a 3 to 5 cent premium, or whatever we can get.”

For additional information on the Cotton Belt Challenge, please visit For more information on how FiberMax® and Stoneville cotton seed offer the right variety for the right field, contact your Bayer CropScience regional agronomist, talk to your local Bayer CropScience representative, visit or, or call 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937).

Bayer CropScience Twitter Page:

Suggested tweets: 

  • Congrats to Gene Adams for winning one of the grand prizes in the 2013 Cotton Belt Challenge with #Stoneville #cotton  
  • Congrats to Johnny Watkins for winning one of the grand prizes in the 2013 Cotton Belt Challenge with #Stoneville #cotton.  
  • Mid-South cotton growers win 2013 Cotton Belt Challenge grand prizes with Stoneville varieties. What’s on your farm?   

Bayer CropScience Blog:

Bayer CropScience is committed to bringing new technology and solutions for agriculture and non-agricultural uses. For questions concerning the availability and use of products, contact a local Bayer CropScience representative, or visit Bayer CropScience online at


Visit the Bayer Connect - Social Hub for all Bayer CropScience social media, recent news, blog posts, videos and more.

About Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,819 million (2013) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 22,400 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:


Bayer CropScience Media Hotline, 1-877-879-6162, or

Beth Roden
Head of Communications & Bayer CropScience NA Coordinator
Bayer CropScience
Tel: (919) 549-2030
Email: beth.roden(at)bayer(dot)com

Drew Harris
Rhea + Kaiser
Tel: (630) 955-2604
Email: dharris(at)rkconnect(dot)com

Find more information at

Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer Group or subgroup management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Bayer’s public reports which are available on the Bayer website at The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.

Bayer CropScience LP, 2 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Always read and follow label instructions. Bayer (reg’d), the Bayer Cross (reg’d), The Bayer CropScience Cotton Belt Challenge, FiberMax®, Innovation Plus, Liberty®, LibertyLink® and Stoneville® are trademarks of Bayer. Liberty is not registered in all states. Bad Boy® Buggies  Ambushis a trademark of Bad Boy Buggies. For additional product information, call toll-free 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937) or visit our website at


Copyright © Bayer CropScience