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Regional Cotton Agronomist for the Southwest, Kenny Melton grew up on a family farm in Plainview, Texas, growing cotton, corn, sorghum, wheat, soybeans and sunflowers. He earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Entomology from Texas A&M University and worked as an agricultural consultant for 12 years, before returning to school for a Ph.D. in Agronomy. Since then, he has worked with Stoneville for 11 years and the Bayer CropScience Agronomic Services Team for four.
Varieties FM 9101GT, FM 9103GT and FM 2011GT were created for the High Plains and Rolling Hills of Texas, and boast excellent fiber characteristics and a yield potential equal to or better than FM 9058F. Plus, they enable season-long applications of glyphosate herbicide.
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Regional Cotton Agronomist for the Northern High Plains, Rolling Plains, Oklahoma and Kansas, Daniel Olivier grew up in a farming community; his father was a cotton agronomist in South Africa. In school, Daniel studied agronomy and crop science, earning a Master’s degree from Texas Tech University. He has 13 years of experience in the field.
The recently launched FiberMax varieties with GlyTol® trait technology - FM 9101GT, FM 9103GT and FM 2011GT - were developed specifically for the High Plains and Rolling Hills of Texas. They have excellent fiber characteristics and a yield potential equal to or better than FM 9058F.
Heath Reeves is one of the newest members of the BCS Agronomic Services. Heath grew up on a small family farm in Cotton Center, TX. Heath began his college career in 2006 at Texas Tech University, where he earned a degree in Agronomy with a minor in Agricultural Economics. Upon graduation in 2010, Heath began a Master's degree at Texas Tech. He investigated the effects of early irrigation termination on cotton. He was under the guidance of Dr. Glen Ritchie and earned his Master's in Cotton Physiology in the Spring of 2012.
FM1944GLB2 is one of our most highly adaptable varieties, and offers high yield potential coupled with excellent fiber quality. It does well across many geographies and weather conditions, and gives growers flexibility with herbicide choices. This will become more and more important as Roundup resistance continues to spread.
Regional Cotton Agronomist for Southern Arkansas and Louisiana, Kyle Fontenot grew up working on his family’s farm in southern Louisiana, where they raised cattle and grew soybeans, sorghum and sweet potatoes. He studied Agronomy and Entomology at Louisiana State University, earning a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science, respectively. Before joining the Agronomic Services Team, he worked as a crop scout.
Varieties that incorporate the LibertyLink® trait technology have proven well adapted. Another benefit: the LibertyLink trait with Liberty® herbicide is the only available nonselective herbicide option for proactive growers to prevent and fight glyphosate resistance on their farm.
Regional Cotton Agronomist for the North Delta, Steve Lee studied Agronomy at the University of Arkansas, earning a Master's degree before working as a field research and product development representative. He has interacted with some of the most recognized researchers in the area, addressing such issues as resistant weed management in cotton and soybean production. He has 25 years of experience in the industry.
Stoneville and FiberMax varieties are proven performers in the North Delta. The addition of ST 4145LLB2 will offer growers a new, well-adapted variety with complete tolerance to Liberty® herbicide for resistant weed management. The LibertyLink trait with Liberty® herbicide is the only available nonselective herbicide option for proactive growers to prevent and manage glyphosate resistance on their farm.
Regional Cotton Agronomist for the Midsouth, Andy White has been in the ag industry since 1989. He earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from Louisiana State University and was a cotton consultant for five years. He also performed field research before joining the Bayer CropScience Agronomic Services Team.
In the Mid-South, we’re really excited about ST 4145LLB2—a great tool for fighting glyphosate-resistant weeds like pigweed.
Regional Cotton Agronomist for the Southeast, Josh Mayfield graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and a Master’s of Science in Horticulture. He has seven years of experience in agriculture.
FiberMax® and Stoneville® varieties have proven competitive performers across the Southeast, offering an effective alternative for combating glyphosate-resistant pigweed with Liberty® herbicide, as well as providing high yield potential and outstanding fiber quality.
Regional Cotton Agronomist for the Atlantic, Deborah Brown studied at Georgia Southern University and Clemson University, earning a Master of Science in Biology and a Ph.D. in Entomology. She has 15 years of experience in agriculture.
The recently released Stoneville variety with LibertyLink trait technology, ST 4145LLB2, is a great tool for fighting glyphosate-resistant weeds and coping with unpredictable weather patterns in the Atlantic.
Regional Cotton Agronomist for Central Arkansas, Monty Malone comes from a family of growers in the Red River Valley outside Plain Dealing, La. He earned a Master of Science from the University of Arkansas, then worked in soybean testing for 18 years in Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Oklahoma. A seven-year American Society of Agronomy Certified Crop Advisor, Monty has a wealth of experience in agronomy.
My best advice in areas of root knot nematode prevalence: ST 5458B2RF, a well-adapted variety with RKN tolerance.
Regional Cotton Agronomist for the Mid Atlantic, Jenny Johnson is from a small town in northeast North Carolina where agriculture is still a way a life for a lot of folks. In August 2005, Jenny began an undergraduate degree at North Carolina State University in Agriculture Extension Education. She spent her summers working for a crop consultant back home in Halifax County, and later worked for a professor on campus whose responsibilities included aquatic and non-cropland weed research. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree a semester early in December 2008, Jenny immediately began working on a Master of Crop Science under the advisement of Drs. Loren Fisher, David Jordan, and Keith Edmisten. For the next two years, she researched the effects of simulated drift of dicamba, glufosinate, and 2,4-D on cotton, peanut, soybean, and tobacco. Upon completion of her degree in the spring of 2011 she accepted an internship in central Louisiana working for a crop consultant and private contract researcher where she was responsible for scouting crops along with implementing and executing field trials. Jenny worked for the state of North Carolina as a regional agronomist in the Tidewater region before joining the Agronomic Services Team.
We are excited in the Mid-Atlantic about the potential of FM 1944GLB2. The first true double stacked variety with both GlyTol and LibertyLink trait technologies, it gives growers options and flexibility with their weed management system.
Lucas N. Owen is one of ten members of the BCS Agronomic Services team throughout the United States. Lucas grew up in a small town in west Tennessee, where he sparked interest in agriculture. Lucas enrolled in the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2003 where he later completed a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. During his stay at the University of Tennessee Martin Lucas worked for a reputable crop consultant in the west Tennessee area. Upon graduation in 2007 Lucas began a Master's degree at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Lucas was under the advice of Dr. Lawrence E. Steckel where he investigated fall burndown applications of herbicides for control of glyphosate resistant horseweed (Conyza Canadensis). Lucas received his Master's degree in Weed Science in the Spring of 2009. Lucas then enrolled at Mississippi State University to pursue a degree in Entomology under the advice of Drs. Angus Catchot and Fred Musser. At MSU Lucas investigated the impacts of defoliating insects in soybeans during the various stages of development, and also worked as a Research Associate II for Dr. Angus Catchot. Lucas graduated from Mississippi State University with his Ph. D in the spring of 2012.
ST 4145LLB2 is a great fit for West Tennessee with excellent adaptability as well as a tool to combat Glyphosate resistant weeds. FM 1944GLB2 is a strong performer when it comes to yield and quality. The Glytol and LibertyLink stacked trait package allows growers to manage and prevent resistant weeds from invading their fields.
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