INDIANAPOLIS — June 1, 2015 — PhytoGen® is pleased to announce the addition of Ken Legé to the growing team of cotton development specialists (CDS). Legé will provide valuable agronomic advice, cottonseed recommendations, and consulting expertise to cotton growers in the Texas northern Plains region and Oklahoma.
Legé joins PhytoGen CDSs Scott Fuchs and Robert Lemon to provide agronomic support for growers in Texas, making the team one of the strongest collection of technical advisers in the cottonseed industry today.
“Ken brings a wealth of cotton physiology and seeds experience to our PhytoGen team,” says Pedro Carlucci, district sales manager for PhytoGen and Mycogen Seeds. “Cotton is a staple crop in the West Texas Plains geography, and we’re excited that growers will be able to tap into Ken’s vast agronomy experience in all facets of cotton production.”
A native of Winnie, Texas, Legé has been working in cotton for nearly three decades throughout the Cotton Belt. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture/crop science at Sam Houston State University. He earned a Master of Science in plant breeding and Doctorate of Philosophy in agronomy, both from Texas A&M University. Legé served as assistant professor and Extension cotton specialist for Clemson University from 1995 to 1997. He began his career in the cottonseed industry in 1997 at Sure-Grow Seed, Inc., where he was director of its then newly established agronomic services department.
Legé went on to serve as technical services director for Delta and Pine Land Company (DPL) during a time of several company acquisitions. While at DPL, Legé worked in early-phase biotechnology projects in cotton that included trait development for drought tolerance, insect resistance and herbicide tolerance. Most recently, Legé served as director of technical services for Americot, Inc., based in Lubbock, Texas, where Legé and his wife, Cassie, reside.
“The opportunity to work closely and develop ongoing relationships with cotton growers in the northern High Plains and Rolling Plains regions of Texas and throughout Oklahoma is very exciting for me,” Legé says. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity of getting more intimately involved in growers’ operations and helping them tackle the many challenges that come along with growing cotton profitably.
“PhytoGen has an impressive pipeline of germplasm and technology and many of the best cotton breeders in the industry. There is so much growth potential in this region, and the opportunity to work with growers in the same geography where I live is very rewarding. Cotton is in the news almost every day here and is vitally important to the local economy. I’m excited to join ranks with the PhytoGen CDSs and continue to provide support to growers and the community.”
PhytoGen, an affiliate of Dow AgroSciences, offers cottonseed varieties with the most advanced in-plant protection options, such as WideStrike® Insect Protection and Genuity® Roundup Ready® Flex. For more information on PhytoGen or 2015 PhytoGen® cottonseed varieties, call 800-258-3033 or go to PhytoGen.com. Join the discussion with PhytoGen on Facebook and YouTube.
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