Agronomic Services Team

The Bayer Agronomic Services Team (AST) works with growers to make recommendations on best growing practices throughout the year. By partnering together with growers, consultants and university Extension specialists, the Agronomic Services Team supports cotton growers with innovative solutions.

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 enrolling at Texas Tech University for a Ph.D. in agronomy. He has worked with Stoneville® and FiberMax® for the past 17 years.

"Central and Western Arizona 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. ST 4949GLT is proving to be an excellent variety for Western Arizona conditions as well."

"In the eastern part of Arizona, 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, Acala 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. "

My Regions:

Kenny Melton Land

Tim Culpepper – Far Northern High Plains and Kansas

Tim Culpepper

Tim Culpepper

Regional Cotton Agronomist

Regional Variety Sheet –
Southwest

Regional Cotton Agronomist for the Far Northern High Plains 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 1911GLT is a new variety that builds on what we already see in FM 2011GT. This variety has better fiber and the yields are comparable to what we see in FM 2011GT. I think the biggest thing about this variety that I’m real excited about is the disease package. We get the Verticillium wilt tolerance, we get the root-knot nematode tolerance and we also get resistance to bacterial blight, which is becoming a bigger issue. This is the first in our FiberMax portfolio that has all three of those disease tolerances, so I think it’s going to be a real success for growers

FM 1320GL is doing very well because it’s an early-maturing variety. As a matter of fact, it’s the earliest in our portfolio, so it does really well in that higher elevation, that northern part of Texas."

My Regions:

Daniel Oliver Land

Heath Reeves – South, East and Central Texas

Heath Reeves

Heath Reeves

Regional Cotton Agronomist

Regional Variety Sheet –
South Texas

Heath Reeves has been a member of the Agronomic Services Team since 2012. He grew up on a small family farm near Cotton Center, Texas. He attended Texas Tech where he earned a Bachelor of Science in agronomy and a Master of Science in crop physiology. He and his wife have made their home in Corpus Christi, Texas, since joining Bayer.

FM 1953GLTP 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.”

My Regions:

Heath Reeves Land

Rick Minzenmayer – Rolling Plains and Oklahoma

Richard Minzenmayer

Rick Minzenmayer

Regional Cotton Agronomist

Regional Variety Sheet –
Southwest

Rick 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, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for 30 years. Rick has worked extensively in cotton and grain sorghum production.

“Cotton growers in the northern Rolling Plains of Texas and Oklahoma have found success when planting FiberMax varieties FM 2334GLT and FM 1830GLT. Growers need a variety that not only yields well but also has great fiber quality. FM 2334GLT and FM 1830GLT fill that role. They have performed very well throughout the Rolling Plains and their fiber quality is second to none."

"ST 5517GLTP is one of our new varieties that performed extremely well last year in our Agronomic Performance Trials and I am very excited to see this variety on the farm this year. It is a smooth leaf variety with good seedling vigor, heat tolerance, fiber quality and exceptional yields on our dryland production areas.”

My Regions:

Richard Minzenmayer – Rolling Plains and Oklahoma

Craig Bednarz – Southwest

Craig Bednarz

Craig Bednarz

Regional Cotton Agronomist

Regional Variety Sheet –
Southwest

Craig Bednarz, a native of Idalou, Texas, earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science 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. 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, later joining the Agronomic Services Team in November 2015.

“All of us in the High Plains understand the Ogallala 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 2322GL, FM 1888GLFM 2007GLT and FM 1911GLT offer improved yields under dryland or limited irrigation. ST 4946GLB2 and FM 1911GLT also have very good resistance to root-knot nematodes for those coarser textured soils in the Southern High Plains. These varieties are known for vigorous germination and seedling establishment, 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.”

My Regions:

Southwest

 

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