The best of the best. The 2016 Georgia Quality Cotton Awards were presented at the Georgia Cotton Commission’s 10th Annual Meeting and UGA Cotton Production Workshop in January in Tifton, GA.

Ginners and producers of high-quality cotton fiber were recognized for their management practices to benefit other growers.

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) greater than 1,000 acres within the four regions of the state.

Region 1:

  • Less than 500 acres – Delmer and Scott Bullington of Turner County, Sconyers Gin and Warehouse with agent Will Gay.
  • 500 to 1,000 acres – Steven Metcalf of Turner County, Sconyers Gin and Warehouse, with agent Will Gay.
  • Greater than 1,000 acres – SOS Farms of Turner County, Arabi Gin Company, will agent Will Gay.

Region 2:

  • Less than 500 acres – Jacob Sandeford of Burke County, Midville Warehouse, with agent Peyton Sapp.
  • 500 to 1,000 acres – Trevor Cobb Farms of Washington County, Midville Warehouse, with agent Brent Allen.
  • Greater than 1,000 acres – Smith Farms of Jefferson County, Farmers Gin and Warehouse, with agent Pam Sapp.

Region 3:

  • Less than 500 acres – William and Tracey Edmonson of Brooks County, BCT Gin-Quitman, with agent Stephanie Hollifield.
  • 500 to 1,000 acres – Ben Strickland of Lanier County, BCT Gin-Quitman, with agent Jeremy Taylor.
  • Greater than 1,000 acres – Dewitt Farms of Brooks County, BCT Gin-Quitman, with agent Stephanie Hollifield.

Region 4:

  • Less than 500 acres – Ken Hall Farms of Worth County, Omega Gin Company, with agent Blake Crabtree.
  • 500 to 1,000 acres – Garrett Bridges Farms of Seminole County, Clover Leaf Gin.
  • Greater than 1,000 acres – Sapp Brothers Farm of Mitchell County, BCT Gin-Berlin.

Jacob Sandeford won the overall Best Cotton Award for his highest loan value and premium. Sandeford had a loan value of 57.52 cents/lb and a premium of 5.52 cents/lb.

Each winner received a $500 cash award an a plaque. The UGA County Extension Agent for each winner was also recognized as they work closely with the farmers during the growing season.

The awards are co-sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission and Bayer CropScience. They are administered by the University of Georgia Cotton Team.

 

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