Industry News for February 2013

Entries Being Accepted For ‘One Ton Club’

What do 860 pair of jeans, 4,868 T-shirts and 400 producers have in common? They all make one ton of cotton. Bayer CropScience and FiberMax cotton are now accepting entries for eligible producers to join more than 400 farmers who are members of the FiberMax One Ton Club.

Producers have until March 1 to submit their qualification forms. Forms are available at local gins, through Bayer CropScience sales reps and at Both first-time One Ton Club qualifiers and past members need to submit qualification forms for membership in the 2012 One Ton Club class.

To qualify for the One Ton Club, producers must produce 2,000 pounds or more of lint cotton per acre on at least 20 acres planted to FiberMax cotton seed. Members will be recognized at a banquet in April 2013 and have a chance to win a two-year lease on a Ford Super Duty F-350 King Ranch truck. They also receive special FiberMax One Ton Club apparel and gifts.

“Growers who produce one ton of high-quality FiberMax cotton per acre continue to raise the bar for U.S. cotton production, and the FiberMax One Ton Club is a way to celebrate their achievement,” says Jeff Brehmer, U.S. marketing manager for FiberMax. “These growers combine innovative production practices with high-yielding FiberMax germplasm for industry leading yields and quality.”

For the 2011 season, 103 producers qualified for the One Ton Club with the highest yield topping more than six bales to the acre.


Syngenta Relaunches
Mobile Version Of Web Site

Agriculture is no ordinary business. People in other industries may spend their days in front of a computer, but not the folks who make their living from the soil. That’s what makes the latest innovations in mobile technology particularly suited to this traditional type of profession.

Studies show that ag professionals, in general, have a stronger-than-average appetite for mobile devices. In a recent survey, 94 percent of respondents say they had a cell phone – 11 percent more than the general public.

In keeping with the trend, ag companies are upping their mobile offerings to provide more resources. Syngenta recently relaunched the mobile version of its FarmAssist ( Web site to provide a better user experience that allows visitors to navigate through information more easily.


MANA Announces Herbicides
For RR Plus Program

MANA Crop Protection has announ-ced that three residual herbicides in its cotton portfolio – Cotoran, Cotton Pro and Direx 4L – will be included for producer incentives in the 2013 Roundup Ready PLUS Weed Management Solutions program.

All three MANA herbicides are recommended under the Roundup Ready PLUS program to combat Palmer amaranth (pigweed) and other weed species known for resistance to glyphosate. In 2013, Delta and Southeast cotton producers using one or more of these MANA residual herbicides will receive a $12 per-gallon incentive when used, according to Roundup Ready PLUS guidelines.

The Monsanto Roundup Ready PLUS platform serves as a crop protection resource to help producers stay informed while receiving recommendations about best practices to manage glyphosate-resistant weeds.


La. Cotton/Grain Association
Hires David Crigler As EVP

The Louisiana Cotton and Grain Association has announced that David Crigler is the organization’s new executive vice president. Crigler started his tenure on Dec. 27. David grew up in Tensas Parish and earned a political science degree from Louisiana State University (LSU) before graduating from LSU Law School.

He currently lives in Monroe, La., with his wife, Mary Kathryn, and their two daughters, Camille (3) and Julia (9 months). In the official announcement, it states that Crigler will be focusing his efforts for now on personal visits and phone calls to the membership, building an Internet presence for the organization and learning the many aspects of farm policy on the state and national levels that have an impact on Louisiana farmers.

The organization’s annual meeting is scheduled for Feb. 21 in Monroe.


Cotton Incorporated To Host
Price Risk Management Seminar

Cotton Incorporated is set to host a series of basic and intermediate workshops addressing topics such as market-based strategies for how to manage price risk for the 2013 crop season and tactics for integrating crop and revenue insurance.

The Cotton Price Risk Management Seminar will be held at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn., on Feb. 13. Dr. Carl Anderson and Dr. John Robinson will discuss when and how to use a variety of option strategies.

The seminar will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m.

To register for the seminar, contact Kay Wriedt at Cotton Incorporated by phone at (919) 678-2271 or by email at The event is free to all attendees

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