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News of Agribusiness: Top One Ton Club yield pushes 8-bale mark

News of Agribusiness: Top One Ton Club yield pushes 8-bale mark
One Ton Club member produce 7.7 bales per acre 127 qualify as One Ton Club members for 2015

Vance and Mandie Smith, Big Spring, Texas, produced the highest yield in the Bayer FiberMax One Ton Club in 2015 with 7.7 bales per acre, 3,717 pounds, 400 pounds better than their previous record.

Their record production marks the seventh year the Smiths have qualified for the One ton Club. They also earned Highest Gross Loan Value on the 32-acre field planted to FM 2484B2F.

Eric and Christy Seidenberger, of Garden City, Texas, averaged 2,054 pounds per acre on 564 acres to earn highest acreage winners. They planted with FM 2007GLT and FM 2484B2F

Other notable achievements for the 2015 competition include:

Highest Loan Rate. Mark Pratt of Visalia, Calif., garnered $0.5799 for 55 of his qualifying cotton acres planted to FM 1830GLT. He qualified for the One Ton Club on 162 acres with an average yield of 2,335 pounds per acre. His average loan rate across all the acres was $0.5674.

Most Varieties Achieving One Ton Club Yields. Growers Mitchell Jansa and Joe D. Schwartz, of Apple Creek Farms, Garden City, Texas, accepted the award for averaging more than a ton of lint cotton on 456 acres planted to five FiberMax varieties: FM 1830GLT, FM 1900GLT, FM 2334GLT, FM 1944GLB2 and FM 2484B2F.

What makes the numbers posted by the 127 FiberMax One Ton Club members more remarkable is that 2015 was marked by rains that delayed or prevented cotton planting in some areas, notes Jeff Brehmer, U.S. product manager for FiberMax cotton. For many cotton growers across the nation, it was a tough year to make a crop. But for the 40 new members of the One Ton Club, 2015 marked a banner year for their efforts using FiberMax genetics and traits.

“The consistent yields of FiberMax are demonstrated with the growers who come back year after year,” Brehmer says. One FiberMax One Ton Club member qualified for his 10th year and four growers have qualified every year since the club began.

“Over the course of the last 11 years we’ve had growers who qualified for the FiberMax One Ton Club using 37 different varieties,” Brehmer says. “The most recent varieties we advanced – FM 1911GLT, FM 1900GLT, FM 2007GLT – have all been qualifiers for the FiberMax One Ton Club.”

Three Brothers Win One Ton Truck

The Weinheimer family from Groom, Texas, won a drawing for a two-year lease of a Ford Super Duty F-350 King Ranch truck. The three brothers and their wives are four-year members of the FiberMax One Ton Club. Oldest brother Pat Weinheimer Jr. and his wife, Kim, accepted the truck. Brothers, Jarret and Paul, share the award along with their wives, Samantha and Lizette, respectively.

The Weinheimers qualified for the One Ton Club in 2015 with FM 2011GT. In recent years, they also qualified with FM 1320GL.

Three Growers Win Free Seed

Bayer also drew entries from three growers, who each received 15 bags of FiberMax cotton seed. The winning growers for that valuable prize are:

  • Michael and Mica Durham of Levelland, Texas
  • Kitten Land Company of Lubbock, Texas
  • Duwane and Bonnie Billings of Seagraves, Texas

For additional information on the FiberMax One Ton Club, visit For more information on FiberMax cotton seed varieties, contact your regional agronomist, talk to your local Bayer representative, visit, or call 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937).

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