Bayer CropScience Honors Cotton Growers at FiberMax One Ton Club

Bayer CropScience Honors Cotton Growers at FiberMax One Ton Club

A record 194 growers produced 2,000 pounds of FiberMax cotton per acre.

LUBBOCK, Texas, April 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Overcoming a
two-year drought in the Southwest, a record number of FiberMax® growers
achieved one-ton yields during the 2012 season. Bayer CropScience honored 194
growers at the eighth annual FiberMax One Ton Club awards banquet on April 4
in Lubbock. Of growers honored, 117 were first-time One Ton Club members, the
highest number of first-year members since the club began in 2005.

The FiberMax One Ton Club recognizes growers who produce 2,000 pounds or more
of lint cotton per acre on at least 20 acres using FiberMax cotton seed. This
year, growers from Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas were
honored to join the club, which has inducted 527 members during the last eight
years.

"It is our honor to recognize these FiberMax growers for their outstanding
achievements, especially considering the drought and adversities they have
overcome," said Jeff Brehmer, U.S. product manager for FiberMax cotton. "These
growers use innovative production practices and push FiberMax germplasm to
reach its greatest potential. This year, we recognized 117 first-time One Ton
Club members, many who reached their highest yields ever with the latest
FiberMax germplasm and Bayer trait technologies such as GlyTol and
LibertyLink."

According to Brehmer, growers have produced One Ton Club yields with 27
FiberMax varieties since the inception of the club. These varieties offer high
yield, excellent fiber quality and production options that fit diverse farming
operations.

"During the last few years, we have seen an increasing number of growers
qualify for the One Ton Club each year, with a greater number of FiberMax
varieties represented at every banquet," Brehmer said. "This year, growers
qualified for the One Ton Club with 10 different FiberMax varieties, which
demonstrates the wide adaptability of our germplasm across varied production
scenarios."

One Ton Truck Winner

The banquet featured a drawing for a two-year lease on a Ford® Super Duty®
F-350 King Ranch® truck. Duane Braden, a six-year One Ton Club member from
Garden City, Texas, and his wife, Carla, won the lease. Braden averaged 2,505
pounds per acre using FM 2484B2F and FM 9160B2F. Braden said the key to his
One Ton Club success was water, fertilizer and FiberMax varieties that provide
top yield and fiber quality.

"We had good water and fertilizer, and we had a little bit of rain during the
growing season that helped us along," Braden said. "FiberMax varieties yield
well for me, and they have high-quality fiber."

For Braden, the One Ton Club banquet gives him an opportunity to converse with
other growers who are producing one-ton yields and learn about their
production techniques. One of those growers is his uncle Kenneth Braden, who
won the One Ton Club truck at the 2010 banquet. Even with a past truck winner
in the family, Duane never expected that he would sit behind the wheel of this
year's truck.

"I could not imagine this at all," Braden said. "They said my name, and I just
sat there. I had to let it sink in for a second. It's exciting that this
year's One Ton Club truck is coming back to St. Lawrence County."

Best of the Best

Individual awards presented during the banquet included highest yield, highest
loan value, highest gross value per acre, most acres and most varieties:

Highest Yield and Highest Gross Value Per Acre:

Vance Smith, Big Spring, Texas, 2,910 lbs/A and $1,579 per acre

Highest Loan Value:

Justin Schwartz, Garden City, Texas, and Todd Suter, Coyanosa, Texas, 58 cents
loan value

Most Varieties Achieving One Ton Club Yields (three varieties):

Apple Creek Farms Inc., Garden City, Texas; Duwane Billings, Seagraves, Texas;
and Charles Braden, Garden City, Texas

Most Acres:

Jack Crowl, Stinnett, Texas, 877 acres

In addition to these awards, Rob Knorr of Maricopa, Arizona, Troy Ritter of
Groom, Texas, and Aaron Wilson of Lockney, Texas, were chosen in a drawing to
each receive 15 bags of FiberMax cotton seed.

For additonal information and background on the FiberMax One Ton Club, please
visit
http://www.bayercropscience.us/products/seeds/fibermax-cotton/one-ton-club. To
learn more about Bayer CropScience, visit http://www.BayerCropScience.us or
contact your local sales representative for product information.

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Additional Resources:

  *Variety Selector Tool™
  *FiberMax Product Page
  *FiberMax One Ton Club page
  *Bayer You Tube page

About Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health
care, agriculture and high-tech materials. This year the company is
celebrating 150 years of Bayer – consistent with its mission "Bayer: Science
For A Better Life". Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible
for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,383 million (2012)
and is one of the world's leading innovative crop science companies in the
areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company
offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative
crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as
well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In
the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad
portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to
forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 20,800 and is
represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:
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