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391 cotton growers qualify for FiberMax One Ton Club

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Now in its 12 year, the FiberMax One Ton Club now tops 1,049 high-yielding cotton growers, including 391 who qualified four-bale and higher yields with FiberMax varieties in 2016.

The highest yield for those who qualified for the One Ton Club in 2016 – 3,059 pounds per acre – was recorded by Johnny Lindley, of Lakeview, Texas. Lindley also recorded the highest gross loan value on his qualifying acres – $1,749.44.

Lindley qualified for the club with yields more than four times the Texas average in 2016, which was 720 pounds per acre and more than double the national cotton yield average in 2016, which was 855 lb/A, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Every One Ton Club member, including 200 growers who qualified for the first time, recorded yield averages that were more than 2 ½ times times higher than the Texas state average.

The highest acreage winner, Craig McCloy, of Morse, Texas, averaged more than 2,000 lb/A on 2,046 acres.

“This club is solid evidence of the success growers enjoy when they combine their knowledge and skills with our science – cottonseed varieties and inputs focused on increasing a grower’s opportunity for profit,” says Jason Wistehuff, U.S. product manager for FiberMax cotton. “The consistent yields of FiberMax are demonstrated with the growers who come back year after year.”

Of the 391 members who qualified for the 2016 crop, six growers qualified in 10 years or more and nine percent qualified in five years or more.

Consistent performance across the FiberMax brand is definitively proven by the range of varieties with which growers qualified for the One Ton Club over the last 12 years.

“Growers have qualified for the FiberMax One Ton Club with 38 different varieties,” Wistehuff says. “Each time we add varieties to the FiberMax lineup, we add growers who made high yields in fields planted to those varieties.”

Individual awards presented during the banquet included highest yield, highest loan value, highest gross loan value per acre, most acres, and most varieties. This year’s winners are:

  • Highest Loan Value. Pafford Farms, of Los Banos, California, garnered $0.5781 on 38 acres with an average yield of 2,175 pounds per acre.
  • Highest Yield and Highest Gross Loan Value. Johnny Lindley, of Lakeview, Texas, qualified a yield of 3,059 lb/A and earned $1,749.44 per acre on his qualifying acres.
  • Most Acres. Craig McCloy, of Morse, Texas, averaged 2,143 pounds per acre on 2,046 acres.
  • Most Varieties Achieving One Ton Club Yields. Five growers qualified one-ton yields with three different varieties:
    • Ricky and Gena Yantis, Littlefield, Texas, qualified with FM 1911GLT, FM 2322GL, and FM 2011GT.
    • Charles and Janet Braden, Garden City, Texas, qualified with FM 2007GLT, FM 2334GLT, and FM 2484B2F.
    • Larry Hancock, of Ehrenberg, Arizona, qualified with FM 1911GLT, FM 1740B2F, and a field of FiberMax experimental varieties.
    • Randy Middlebrooks, of Lubbock, Texas, qualified with FM 1830GLT, FM 2989GLB2, and FM 2484B2F.
    • Rick and Tye Heflin, of Floydada, Texas, qualified with FM 1830GLT, FM 2322GL, and FM 2484B2F.

One Ton Club members are entered into a drawing for a two-year lease on a Ford Super Duty F-350 King Ranch truck. This year’s winner is Wesley and Tracy Campbell of Floydada, Texas. Wesley is a 4-year member of the One Ton Club.

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