The Georgia Quality Cotton Awards Recognize Producers And Ginners Of High-Quality Cotton Fiber
The 2021 Georgia Quality Cotton Awards were presented at the 2022 Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting in Tifton, Georgia.
The Georgia Cotton Commission and Bayer Crop Science/Deltapine co-sponsor the awards, which are administered by the University of Georgia Cotton Team. Yangxuan Liu with the UGA Cotton Team conducted the analysis and presented the 2021 Georgia Quality Cotton awards at the annual meeting.
The purpose of the awards is to recognize producers and ginners of high-quality cotton fiber and to identify their production practices to help other growers improve their yields.
The winning producers and their gins received a plaque, and the winning producers received $500 cash. The UGA County Extension agent for each winner was also recognized as they work closely with the farmers during the growing season.
And The Winners Are…
The awards are given in three cotton acreage categories: 1) less than 500 acres, 2) 500 to 1,000 acres, and 3) greater than 1,000 acres within the four regions of the state.
Winners are determined by the loan value and premiums of their cotton. The winners’ excellent achievements are due largely to their management practices and expertise.
Congratulations to the following regional winners:
Region 1 – West Georgia
Less than 500 acres: Grower – Cole Thompson, Pulaski County; Ginner – Arabi Gin Co., Arabi; Extension Agent – Jay Porter.
500-1,000 acres: Grower – Eddie Luke Farms, Crisp County; Ginner – Arabi Gin Co., Arabi; Extension Agent – Joshua Grant.
1,000+ acres: Grower – Scotty Raines Farms, Turner County; Ginner – Sconyers Gin and Warehouse, Sycamore; Extension Agent – Guy Hancock.
Region 2 – East Georgia
Less than 500 acres: Grower – Alton Walker, Burke County; Ginner – Bryant’s Gin, Bartow; Extension Agent – Peyton Sapp.
500-1,000 acres: Grower – Robert & Richard McElmurray, Burke County; Ginner – Farmers Gin & Storage, Wadley; Extension Agent – Peyton Sapp.
1,000+ acres: Grower – S & M Farms Partnership, Jefferson County; Ginner – Farmers Gin & Storage, Wadley; Extension Agent – Pamela Sapp
Region 3 – Lower Southeast Georgia
Less than 500 acres: Grower – Bert Ponder, Tift County; Ginner – Omega Gin, Omega; Extension Agent – Justin Hand.
500-1,000 acres: Grower – Millirons Farms, Lowndes County; Ginner — BCT Gin Co., Inc., Quitman; Extension Agent – Joshua Dawson.
1,000+ acres: Grower – Herbert Price Farms, Brooks County; Ginner – BCT Gin Co. Inc., Quitman; Extension Agent – Michasia Dowdy.
Region 4 – Lower Southwest Georgia
Less than 500 acres: Grower – John Bulloch, Thomas County; Ginner – Boston Gin Co., Boston; Extension Agent – Sydni Barwick.
500-1,000 acres: Grower – Mourning Dove Farms, Miller County; Ginner – Clover Leaf Gin, Inc., Donalsonville; Extension Agent – Cindy Meadows.
1,000+ acres: Grower – Heard Family Farms, Decatur County; Ginner – Clover Leaf Gin Inc., Donalsonville; Extension Agent – Cindy Meadows.
The final award presented was the overall Best Cotton Award. This was given to the Georgia cotton producer with the highest loan value and premium. The 2021 Best Cotton Award went to Pulaski County’s Cole Thompson with a loan value of 57.70 cents per pound and a premium of 5.70 cents per pound.
Thompson says he had three fields of NG 4936 B3XF that produced these high numbers.
“We were really wet last year,” he says. “The cotton didn’t look that great, but it graded well. The quality was good.”