For Immediate Release

Cotton Growers Deliver Tons of Lint

188 growers harvested four-bale yields with FiberMax varieties in 2017

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., April 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Some might consider a one-ton average yield to be its own reward to cotton growers. However, FiberMax believes a yield like that is worth celebrating, honoring, saluting, perhaps even ballyhooing.

It all started when Seminole, Texas, cotton growers Pete and Martha Frieson (center) decided to plant FM 1830GLT, they weren’t expecting to harvest a truck! The first-time FiberMax One Ton Club members won the club sweepstakes for a two-year lease on a Ford Super Duty F-350 pickup truck. Congratulating the Friesons (l to r) is FiberMax Regional Agronomist Craig Bednarz, Sales Representative Marte Pierce and Bayer Vice-President for U.S. Cotton Operations Monty Christian.

Toward that end, the FiberMax® One Ton Club recently celebrated four-bale and higher yields with 188 growers who qualified for the club with their 2017 harvest results.

For the last 13 years, FiberMax has been celebrating high-yielding cotton growers in the exclusive FiberMax One Ton Club. New members join each year, which proves growers trust the quality FiberMax cotton seed delivers.

With 30 new members among those celebrating, the FiberMax One Ton Club now has 1,084 members.

Of those who qualified for the FiberMax One Ton Club, four were recognized with special awards.

  • Highest Yield and Highest Gross Value. Max and Beth Koepnick of San Tan Valley, Arizona, harvested an average yield of 2,910 lbs/A and earned $1,590.11 per acre on their qualifying acres.
  • Highest Loan Value. Larry Hancock of Ehrenburg, Arizona, garnered $0.5544 on his qualifying cotton acres planted to FM 1830GLT.
  • Most Acres. Brian and Brady Nelson of Nazareth, Texas, harvested One Ton Club yields on 540 acres.
  • Most Varieties Achieving One Ton Club Yields. Five growers qualified one-ton yields with six different varieties:
    • Steven and Richard Archer of Lamesa, Texas, qualified with FM 1911GLT, FM 2484B2F and FM 2011GT.
    • Russ and Bo Eggemeyer of Midkiff, Texas, qualified with FM 1830GLT, FM 2334GLT and FM 1944GLB2.
    • Kornelius Enns of Ackerly, Texas, qualified with FM 2334GLT, FM 1911GLT and FM 1830GLT.

"Growers look for a variety that will produce quality lint, and ultimately, give them an edge in the marketplace," says Jason Wistehuff, U.S. product manager for FiberMax cotton. "FiberMax varieties exceed those expectations. When growers pair their advanced knowledge with the elite science of FiberMax varieties, the results are remarkable."

One Ton Club members have harvested one-ton yields and higher from fields planted to 40 different FiberMax varieties.

Seminole, Texas, Grower Wins One Ton Truck

One Ton Club members are entered into a drawing for a two-year lease on a Ford Super Duty F-350 King Ranch truck.

This year's winner is Pete and Martha Frieson of Seminole, Texas. Frieson qualified for the One Ton Club with FM 1830GLT. Pete Frieson is a first-year FiberMax One Ton Club member and reported that 2017 was the first year he planted FiberMax cotton seed under irrigation.

"I heard so many good things about FM 1830GLT and I've always liked how the loan value on FiberMax has been so good," Frieson says. "I never expected to win a truck! I don't win in these things."

Please visit for additonal information on the FiberMax One Ton Club. For more information on how FiberMax cotton seed offers the right variety for the right field, contact your regional agronomist, talk to your local FiberMax representative, visit, or call 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937).

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