Bob Glodt of Plainview, Texas, Cotton Consultant of the Year (CCOY) for 2013, was recently honored at a special reception and dinner at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences in New Orleans. A crowd of more than 150 was on hand at the Marriott Hotel for the event, including Glodt’s wife Barbara and sons Tyler and Travis.
The award is co-sponsored by Cotton Farming magazine and Syngenta.
Publisher Lia Guthrie presented the traditional Syngenta green jacket to Glodt along with a commemorative plaque. Syngenta representatives on hand were Brent Besler, Josh Kelley and Jeff Mink.
Former CCOY winners Ray Young, Harold Lambert and Tucker Miller also made comments during the event, as well as Denise Wright of the Louisiana Ag Consultants Association.
“This is easily the highlight of my consulting career,” Glodt said. “There are too many people to thank, and I am honored to be included on this list of previous honorees.”
Glodt, a graduate of Texas A&M University, is former president of the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants, Texas Association of Crop Consultants and High Plains Assoc-iation of Crop Consultants.
Guthrie also read a special message from retired Louisiana cotton consultant Roger Carter who was unable to attend. The CCOY award program began in 1981.
Malloy Wins Genetics Research Award
Wes Malloy, who has served as site manager of the Cotton Winter Nursery in Tecoman, Mexico, for the past 38 years, is the recipient of the 2013 Cotton Genetics Research Award. In recognition, Malloy received a plaque and monetary award.
Since its inception more than 60 years ago, the Cotton Winter Nursery has been operated jointly by the National Cotton Coun-cil, USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), and the Southern Assoc-iation of Agricultural Ex-periment Station Directors.
The nursery’s tropical location shortens the time required to study and develop new varieties by allowing researchers to raise two generations of cotton each year. It also provides a special habitat for raising and studying wild cotton varieties.
During Malloy’s tenure, he has effectively managed a crew of 50-plus staffers in overseeing more than a million research plots at the nursery, which supports public and several private sector cotton breeding programs.
Extension Specialists Honor Dodds
Darrin Dodds, associate Extension professor at Mississippi State Univ-ersity, has been announced as the 2014 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year, an award sponsored by Bayer CropScience since 2008.
Dodds received the prestigious award at the Extension Cotton Specialists’ annual dinner banquet at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
The annual award and banquet has been a featured event at the conferences since 1984. Extension cotton specialists, representing every cotton-producing state, select a winner each year based on leadership and industry service.
Steve Nichols, U.S. agronomic manager for Bayer CropScience, says the company is pleased to congratulate Dodds on this accomplishment.
“Darrin Dodds has created a well-deserved name for himself as a leader in the cotton community,” Nichols says.
“His dedication to delivering relevant agronomic information and best management practices to Mississippi cotton producers has provided them with the necessary tools to improve performance and profitability on their farms.”
Originally from Illinois, Dodds received his master’s degree in weed science from Purdue University and went on to receive his doctoral degree at Mississippi State University. He has now worked at MSU for six years and studies cotton variety performance, management, fertility, plant growth regulator use, irrigation management and weed control.
He is the coordinator of the annual Row Crop Short Course at Mississippi State University. Last month, the three-day event attracted more than 400 people to the meeting. The program offered three days of intensive agricultural education with a heavy focus on irrigation.
The National Cotton Council and Bayer CropScience contributed information for these articles.
Bayer Announces Launch Of FiberMax/Stoneville Varieties And TwinLink
Bayer CropScience has announced seven new FiberMax and Stoneville cotton varieties for the 2014 season.
Four new varieties from FiberMax and Stoneville contain new TwinLink technology with two Bt genes for season-long protection against lepidopteran pests. All seven of the new FiberMax and Stoneville varieties incorporate stacked GlyTol LibertyLink technology for a wide window of over-the-top applications of Liberty herbicide and glyphosate.
Thirteen FiberMax and Stoneville varieties with GlyTol LibertyLink technology are available in a range of maturities and adaptation across the Cotton Belt.
New FiberMax varieties available in 2014 include:
FM 1830GLT and FM 2334GLT – Each has the GlyTol, LibertyLink and TwinLink (GLT) trait package for full tolerance to both Liberty herbicide and glyphosate, and two proprietary Bayer Bt genes for effective management of major lepidopteran pests. Both varieties offer excellent yield potential and fiber quality with the added benefit of verticillium wilt tolerance. Adapted for the High Plains, FM 1830GLT has an early-medium maturity, and FM 2334GLT has a medium maturity.
FM 1320GL and FM 2322GL – Each has the GlyTol LibertyLink (GL) traits for adaptation in areas of the High Plains. FM 1320GL has a very early maturity, the earliest offered from FiberMax, with excellent yield potential and good fiber quality. FM 2322GL is a medium-maturing variety with excellent yield potential and outstanding fiber quality.
New Stoneville varieties available in 2014 include:
ST 5032GLT and ST 5289GL – Each has the GlyTol, LibertyLink and TwinLink (GLT) trait package for full tolerance to both Liberty herbicide and glyphosate, and two proprietary Bayer Bt genes for effective management of major lepidopteran pests. ST 5032GLT has an early-medium maturity with strong yield potential and excellent fiber quality. This variety complements ST 4946GLB2 and FM 1944GLB2 in the cotton-growing regions east of the Mississippi River.
ST 5289GLT is a medium-maturing variety similar to ST 5288B2F, the No. 1 variety planted in the south Delta last season.
ST 4747GLB2 has the GlyTol LibertyLink Bollgard II trait package for full tolerance to both Liberty herbicide and glyphosate, and two Bt genes for management of major worm pests. ST 4747GLB2 has a broad adaptation with one of the earliest maturities in the Stoneville portfolio.
In another development, Bayer CropScience announced that its new TwinLink cotton technology is commercially available for the 2014 growing season, having received all necessary U.S. and international approvals.
TwinLink combines season-long Bt protection against worm pests with its weed management technology that confers tolerance to full label rates of Liberty herbicide. It contains two Bayer proprietary Bt genes that provide management of major lepidopteran pests, such as tobacco budworm, pink bollworm, cotton bollworm and cotton leafworm.
TwinLink is now available to U.S. cotton producers as a GlyTol LibertyLink TwinLink (GLT) trait package, which allows over-the-top applications of Liberty herbicide and glyphosate. This trait package is available in FiberMax and Stoneville cotton seed varieties.
Bayer CropScience contributed information for this article. Go to www.bayercropscience.us for more data.