2011 Georgia Quality Cotton Award winners named

February 1, 2012, marked the seventh year of the Georgia Quality Cotton Awards presentations which took place at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.  The awards program is co-sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission and Bayer CropScience, and administered by the University of Georgia Cotton Team.

The purposes of the awards are to recognize producers and ginners of high-quality cotton fiber and to identify their general management practices for the benefit of other cotton growers.

The producers and their gins received a plaque and the winning growers received a $500 cash award.  The winners’ Extension agents were also recognized, as they work closely with the farmers during the growing season.

The Best Cotton Award, initiated in last year’s awards program, continued this year.  This year’s Best Cotton Award winners are Dennis and Jerry Rhodes from Wilcox County for producing cotton with the highest loan value and premium out of all of the awards given in the program.

The awards are given in each of these three cotton acreage categories: 1) less than 500 acres, 2) 500 to 1,000 acres, and 3) more than 1,000 acres within the four regions of the state.  Winners in these categories are determined by the loan value (LV) and premiums (P).  Considering the challenging weather growers faced for the 2011 crop, the resulting excellent quality achieved is due largely to these growers’ management practices and expertise.  The sponsors of this program congratulate all of the following winners:

Region 1:  1) Dennis and Jerry Rhodes – Wilcox County Agent Tim Smith – Pitts Gin Company – 56.489/LV – 4.489/P,  2) Jeff Wilson – Turner County Agent Scott Utley – Worth Gin – 55.514/LV – 3.514/P,  3) Gary Oliver & Ben Shivers of SOS Farms – Turner County Agent Scott Utley – Arabi Gin – 54.593/LV – 2.593/P

Region 2:  Both winners, in categories 1 and 3 are from Jefferson County, whose agent is Jim Crawford, and both gin with Midville Warehouse, Inc. 1) Stephen Nikkel –  56.093/LV – 4.093/P,  3) Heath Wilson – 53.825/LV – 1.825/P

Region 3:  All three winners farm in Brooks County, where Johnny Whiddon is the Extension agent and they Gin with BCT Gin Company.  1) Brandon Mitchell – 56.404/LV – 4.404/P

2) Charles Dodd – 55.515/LV – 3.515/P,  3) Randy Dewitt of Dewitt Farms – 55.607/LV – 3.607/P

Region 4:  1) Travis Braswell – Seminole County Agent Rome Ethredge – Clover Leaf Gin – 56.036/LV – 4.036/P,  2) Joe Sapp – Mitchell County – BCT Gin Company, Berlin Division – 56.095/LV – 4.095/P,  3) Raymond Thompson of 3RT Farms – Seminole County Agent Rome Ethredge – Clover Leaf Gin – 55.375/LV – 3.375/P

Grower County Acreage Category Nominating Gin County Extension Agent Loan Value Premium
REGION 1
Dennis and Jerry Rhodes Wilcox Less than 500 Acres Pitts Gin Company Tim Smith 56.489 4.489 **
Jeff Wilson Turner 500 to 1,000 Acres Worth Gin Company Scott Utley 55.514 3.514
SOS Farms Turner More than 1,000 Acres Arabi Gin Scott Utley 54.593 2.593
REGION 2
Stephen Nikkel Jefferson Less than 500 Acres Midville Warehouse, Inc. Jim Crawford 56.093 4.093
Heath Wilson Jefferson More than 1,000 Acres Midville Warehouse, Inc. Jim Crawford 53.825 1.825
REGION 3
Brandon Mitchell Brooks Less than 500 Acres BCT Gin Company Johnny Whiddon 56.404 4.404
Charles Dodd Brooks 500 to 1,000 Acres BCT Gin Company Johnny Whiddon 55.515 3.515
Dewitt Farms Brooks More than 1,000 Acres BCT Gin Company Johnny Whiddon 55.607 3.607
REGION 4
Travis Braswell Seminole Less than 500 Acres Clover Leaf Gin Rome Ethredge 56.036 4.036
Joe Sapp Mitchell 500 to 1,000 Acres BCT Gin- Berlin Division 56.095 4.095
3RT Farms Seminole More than 1,000 Acres Clover Leaf Gin Rome Ethredge 55.375 3.375
** Best Cotton Award
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