One Ton Club Winners
127 growers from Texas, Arizona and California produced at least 2,000 pounds of FiberMax cotton per acre during 2015
Bayer and FiberMax® cotton seed celebrated the 11-year anniversary of the FiberMax One Ton Club™ and honored 127 growers for producing one ton yields in 2015 at the annual banquet on April 7 in Lubbock.
During its first decade, the FiberMax One Ton Club has recognized 848 cotton growers who produced 2,000 pounds or more of lint cotton per acre on at least 20 acres using FiberMax cotton seed. In 2015, a Texas grower had an average yield of 3,717 pounds per acre - 7.7 bales per acre- on 32 acres. Growers in 2015 harvested more than 2,000 pounds per acre in fields planted to 9 different FiberMax varieties.
One Ton Truck Winner
This year, FiberMax One Ton Club members qualified for a chance to win a two-year lease for a Ford® F-350 Super Duty® King Ranch® truck in the FiberMax One Ton Club Sweepstakes. The Weinheimer family from Groom, Texas, won the One Ton Club Truck. Three brothers and their wives, all four-year qualifiers in the One Ton Club, claimed the top prize. Pat and Kim Weinheimer Jr., Jarrett and Samantha Weinheimer and Paul and Lizette Weinheimer each averaged more than 2,000 pounds per acre in fields planted to FM 2011GT.
The Weinheimers of Groom, Texas, were “stoked” to win the One Ton Club Truck. “This is a thrill, an absolute thrill,” said Pat Weinheimer Jr, the oldest of the three brothers who partner in the farming operation. Lee Rivenbark (far left) of Bayer, and Monty Christian (far right), also of Bayer, proudly presented the Ford Super Duty F-350 King Ranch Truck to the family, (left to right) Pat Weinheimer Jr. and wife Kim, Samantha and Paul Weinheimer and Lizette and Jarret Weinheimer.
Bayer also drew entries from three growers, who each received 15 bags of FiberMax cotton seed. The winning growers for that valuable prize are:
- Michael and Mica Durham of Levelland, Texas
- Kitten Land Company of Lubbock, Texas
- Duwane and Bonnie Billings of Seagraves, Texas
Best of the Best
Individual awards presented during the banquet included highest yield, highest gross value, highest loan value, most acres and most varieties.
Highest Loan Rate:
Mark Pratt of Visalia, California, garnered $0.5799 for 55 of his qualifying cotton acres planted to FM 1830GLT. He qualified for the One Ton Club on 162 acres with an average yield of 2,335 pounds per acre. His average loan rate across all the acres was $0.5674.
Highest Gross Loan Value and Highest Yield:
Vance and Mandie Smith of Big Spring, Texas, averaged 3,717 pounds per acre on 32 of their qualifying acres planted to FM 2484B2F. On their 128 qualifying acres, the Smiths averaged 2,726 pounds per acre.
Eric and Christy Seidenberger of Garden City, Texas, average 2,054 pounds per acre on 564 acres planted with FM 2007GLT and FM 2484B2F.
Most Varieties Achieving One Ton Club Yields:
Growers Mitchell Jansa and Joe D. Schwartz, of Apple Creek Farms, Garden City, Texas, accepted the award for averaging more than a ton of lint cotton on 456 acres planted to five FiberMax varieties:
FM 1830GLT, FM 1900GLT, FM 2334GLT, FM 1944GLB2 and FM 2484B2F.