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Larry Yowell, Tommy Doederlein honored for service to ag

WTACI presents Institutional Award and Commercial Award at their annual conference.

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

September 20, 2019

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WTACI President Dr. Katie Lewis, left, presents Larry Yowell with the WTACI Commercial Award.Shelley E. Huguley

The West Texas Agricultural Chemicals (WTACI) Institute honored two individuals for their contribution to agriculture at its 67th annual meeting in September: one through his chemical business; and the other as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) agent.


Tommy Doederlein received WTACI’s Institutional Award, which is given to a person representing a state, federal or private agency or an institution of higher education. Prior to being an agronomist for Aurora Co-op, Doederlein spent the bulk of his career as the IPM agent for Lynn and Dawson counties. WTACI Board of Director member Eric Williams acknowledged many of Doederlein’s “firsts” on the Texas High Plains:

  • First to plant FiberMax and Bollgard cotton

  • One of the first to start plant-mapping cotton

  • First to detect the boll weevil and sugarcane aphid overwintering

Williams also credited Doederlein for conducting the state’s largest known soil sampling program, according to the Texas A&M Extension Soil, Water and Forage Testing Lab.

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The Commercial Award was presented to Larry Yowell of Larry’s Chemical & Spraying, at Brownfield.  This award is presented to a person directly employed in the industry. Yowell owned and operated Larry’s Chemical for 40 years.

Yowell was described as “a staple” of the ag business. Williams said of him, “One farmer commented, ‘I never had to know anything about seed or chemicals or what would work on my particular land, all I needed to know was Larry's phone number. He knew what I needed.’”

While Yowell sold Larry’s Chemical in 2016 to Crop Production Services, now owned by Nutrien Ag Solutions, he continues to manage the business as it transitions to new ownership. Williams said he will step aside in December.

Also recognized for their service, were 2018 WTACI President Trent Murphree and current President Dr. Katie Lewis.



About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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