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- SPECIAL REPORT -

Georgia Producers Earn
Quality Awards


 
An early season drought put Georgia cotton off to a slow start in 2007, but the crop recovered to finish with excellent results. High fiber quality and premiums of up to 5.68 cents per pound resulted in exceptional producers vying for the third annual Georgia Quality Cotton Awards.

“It is important that growers focus on delivering the highest quality crop so buyers receive the product they desire,” says Don Shurley, University of Georgia cotton economist.

“International mills buy a significant quantity of our annual crop, and this award identifies the Georgia producers and ginners dedicated to producing high quality cotton that meets top-quality standards.”

Producers from across Georgia were named the best producers of high quality cotton in the state, aided by timely rainfall during critical stages of fruit development and excellent harvest conditions. The announcement was made during an awards banquet at the University of Georgia’s conference center in Tifton. The Georgia Quality Cotton Awards presentation was conducted in conjunction with the inaugural Georgia Cotton Conference.

High Standards Achieved

The program serves two purposes: to showcase the cotton produced and ginned in Georgia each year; and to identify what production practices are necessary to produce high quality cotton. The Georgia Quality Cotton Award provides a venue to identify not only high quality cotton that is being produced in Georgia but also other quality-related management practices.

“Bayer CropScience is proud to sponsor this award for the third year,” says Jake Ford, seed and technology representative, Bayer CropScience.

“Our company recognizes the importance of cotton to Georgia and the need to continue building awareness about measures to improve the quality of the crop,” he adds.

From four geographic regions, a winner was determined in each of the acreage categories, which resulted in winners from across the state.

Rhea & Kaiser, which represents Bayer CropScience provided information for this article.


2007 Winners

Category 1: Less Than 500 Acres

AREA 1
Grower: Pierre Brueder - Terrell County. Average Loan Value - 56.34 cents/lb. Premium - 3.49 cents/lb. Ginner: McCleskey Cotton Co.

AREA 2
Grower: Fred Evans - Jefferson County. Average Loan Value - 56.24 cents/lb. Premium - 3.24 cents/lb. Ginner: Bryant's Inc.

AREA 3
Grower: Brandon Simpson - Brooks County. Average Loan Value - 58.38 cents/lb. Premium - 5.68 cents/lb. Ginner: BCT Gin Company.

AREA 4
Grower: Kyle Sheffield - Seminole County. Average Loan Value - 56.06 cents/lb. Premium - 3.36 cents/lb. Ginner: Clover Leaf Gin.


Category 2: 500 - 1,000 Acres

AREA 1
Grower: Magnolia Point Farms - Terrell County. Average Loan Value - 56.40 cents/lb. Premium - 3.55 cents/lb. Ginner: McCleskey Cotton Co.

AREA 2
Grower: Roy Taylor - Montgomery County. Average Loan Value - 54.05 cents/lb. Premium - 1.05 cents/lb. Ginner: Roche Farm and Garden Inc.

AREA 3
Grower: Prince Farms - Berrien County. Average Loan Value - 57.37 cents/lb. Premium - 4.67 cents/lb. Ginner: BCT Gin Company.

AREA 4
Grower: Windhausen Farms - Mitchell County. Average Loan Value - 55.97 cents/lb. Premium - 3.27 cents/lb. Ginner: Sowega Cotton Inc.


Category 3: More than 1,000 acres

AREA 1
Grower: Lee Brothers - Terrell County. Average Loan Value - 54.21 cents/lb. Premium - 1.36 cents/lb. Ginner: McCleskey Cotton Co.

AREA 3
Grower: Russell Butler - Brooks County. Average Loan Value - 57.01 cents/lb. Premium - 4.31 cents/lb. Ginner: BCT Gin Company

AREA 4
Grower: Glenn Heard - Seminole County. Average Loan Value - 55.10 cents/lb. Premium - 2.40 cents/lb. Ginner: Clover Leaf Gin

 


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