The Georgia Quality Cotton Awards recognize producers and ginners of high-quality cotton fiber and to identify their general management practices for the benefit of other cotton growers. The 2011 winners were honored Feb. 1 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center. The awards program is co-sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission and Bayer CropScience, and administered by the UGA Cotton Team.
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, went to 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 three cotton acreage categories: less than 500 acres, 500 to 1,000 acre, and 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/P2) 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.