Helena Chemical Company

HELENA'S theme — People…Products…Knowledge…accurately describes the company's commitment and high level of service to the cotton industry. Across the Cotton Belt — from Virginia to California — Helena's “cotton team” stays busy supplying customers with products and services to help them run their operations profitability. To do that successfully and consistently requires personal commitment, extensive technical knowledge, and the dependability of the Helena distribution system.

Throughout our history, Helena's sales force has always been known as “the best.” It's a reputation that began in the Mississippi Delta in 1957 and continues today.

Here's why:

Today, it's commonplace to read about “fast-changing markets,” or “rapidly evolving technology.” For Helena, there's nothing new about this. It's always been that way. Practices and products are continually shifting, and we've been a leading force in bringing about these positive changes.

And during those revolutionary changes in products and cultural practices, our product line and market reach have grown tremendously.

That's because we've stayed in touch with customers — the people who drive the market. At the same time, we've adapted by learning new technologies and understanding newer, more efficient products. And we've always used our intuitive and technical knowledge to put new technology in the hands of the people who can best utilize it.

So rapid change and progress are nothing new to the Helena sales force. We expect it. This is a primary reason why Helena continues to be a driving force in the U.S. cotton industry — and the strongest link in the supply chain that brings new technology and greater efficiency to the U.S. cotton industry.

Griffin L.L.C.

GRIFFIN LLC, a joint venture company of Griffin Corporation and DuPont, is a customer focused, world-class provider of crop protection products. And in the cotton market, Griffin offers an unusually broad range of products in four categories; herbicides, insecticides, Plant Growth Regulators and harvest aids.

Being a sponsor of the High Cotton Awards and acknowledging these superior growers reinforces our rock-solid commitment to cotton production. We've been serving the cotton industry and the people in it since 1935, the year the company was founded in Valdosta, GA.

In the field of herbicides, Griffin is the exclusive marketer of Cotoran® brand fluometuron, offered in both liquid and dry flowable formulations. Our solid residual herbicide lineup includes Cotton-Pro® brand prometryn, Direx® 4L and Karmex® brand diuron. Linex® 4L brand linuron is also sold under a 24-C, Special Local Needs Registration in, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.

Griffin LLC's insecticide product line includes Atrapa® ULV, Atrapa 5E and Atrapa 8E brand malathion for boll weevil control and Declare® brand methyl parathion for stink bugs.

When it comes to plant growth regulators, Mepex® is a quality formulation of mepiquat chloride that offers growers improved economics along with outstanding performance. Used earlier in the season, Mepex helps regulate growth and maximize yield potential. And many growers are finding that a late season, low rate application helps focus the plant's energy into better boll development, paying off in more and higher quality fiber.

CottonQuik®, our enhanced ethephon, is today the number one harvest preparation tool in quite a few states. In addition, Griffin LLC offers cotton growers FreeFall® brand thidiazuron and Super Boll® brand ethephon.

So from start to harvest, Griffin LLC has a product line taylor-made to meet the needs of America's cotton growers. So, from all of us at Griffin LLC, we say congratulations to each of this year's High Cotton winners!

John Deere Company

CONGRATULATIONS to the High Cotton Award winners and nominees. Their knowledge, management skills and determination have earned them success in their farming operations and well-deserved recognition from their peers. John Deere is proud to help sponsor this award program.

John Deere has been serving the equipment needs of cotton growers for decades. Over the years, John Deere equipment has helped growers increase their productivity and profits, and be good stewards of the environment.

For example, the first John Deere self-propelled picker — the No. 8 — was introduced in 1950. It was the first 2-row machine in the industry, capable of matching the daily productivity of 80 fieldhands, and was nearly twice as productive as the one-row models of the time.

The John Deere No. 8 established a new level of productivity in cotton fields during the early 1950s. Today, John Deere is the largest producer of farm equipment in the world, and John Deere cotton pickers, sprayers, tractors, planters and tillage equipment continue to provide growers with the performance and quality they can depend on day after day.

Last year John Deere raised the bar with the 9986 cotton picker. The increased efficiency and added operator's comfort features give our farmer customers the productivity they deserve. In keeping with John Deere's tradition of listening to the producers and responding to their needs, John Deere continually refines its products to make our customers the world's most productive.

As the Cotton Producers of the World produce “High Quality Cotton,” John Deere dealers produce quality in their Aftermarket Departments. Their commitment is to help their customers be more productive and profitable and to provide them with the best equipment values in the industry.

Syngenta

SYNGENTA Crop Protection is pleased to continue its participation in Farm Press's High Cotton Awards, and congratulates each winner and nominees.

Syngenta's vision is delivering better food to a better world through outstanding crop solutions. As the world's largest company dedicated solely to agribusiness and the market leader in each region it serves, Syngenta anticipates launching several new cotton crop protection products in 2003.

Syngenta's product portfolio offers solutions to most producers' total crop protection needs. By providing both selective and non-selective herbicides, Syngenta provides more options for protecting quality and yield. Syngenta also has the broadest range of fungicides in the industry and a wide selection of insecticides for both foliar, soil and seed applications.

Among its cotton products portfolio, growers can still find the products they've come to depend on and trust, as well as new, innovative products: Caparol®, Dual Magnum®, Fusilade® DX, Fusion®, Gramoxone® Max, Touchdown® with IQ Technology, Zorial®, Quadris®, Ridomil Gold® PC, Quadris Ridomil Gold Uniform, Centric®, Curacron®, Karate® with Zeon Technology, Warrior® with Zeon Technology, Zephyr®, Apron XL, Maxim® and Cruiser®.

Syngenta Crop Protection will provide innovative products, superior technology and services which best satisfy its customers' needs in agribusiness. Its growth will focus on meeting the needs of its customers, its people, the environments and the communities, which it lives and works.

Delta and Pine Land Company (DP&L)

UNDERSTANDING the needs of its grower/customers, dedicated research efforts, the largest breeding lines and cutting edge technologies continue to enable Delta and Pine Land Company (D&PL) to make available cottonseed products that offer great value potential to producers.

Research has always played a predominant role at D&PL. A worldwide network of cotton research programs incorporates the most promising genetics from cotton-producing countries around the globe to produce varieties that offer the greatest potential in reaching new targets in yield, fiber quality and agronomics for individual farms. This dedication to cotton breeding has been ongoing at D&PL since 1915, and has enabled D&PL to develop a full line of products to meet growers needs.

Through D&PL's research and commitment to understand the needs of growers, new plateaus in yield and fiber quality are being reached. DP 555 BG/RR, also known as “Triple Nickel,” is an example of a product from this new “plateau.” Bred and developed in the company's Australian research program, DP 555 BG/RR, is a mid- to late-season, stacked-gene variety that has demonstrated great potential to produce both high yield and good fiber quality. Triple Nickel represents a new stable of cottonseed products coming out of the D&PL's worldwide research programs — products that combine the best genetic technologies with high yield and good fiber quality potential.

No other cottonseed company has the breadth of research capabilities, or the lineup of cottonseed products that Delta and Pine Land Company does. Year after year growers can rely on D&PL to have the largest selection of stacked-gene, Bollgard®, Roundup Ready® and conventional stripper and picker varieties to choose from. The company supports the products it develops and sells by offering the industry's best technical service in the field. The combination of three product lines — Deltapine, Paymaster and Sure-Grow — provides cotton customers with real choices in varieties, while supplying all growers with the top quality for which D&PL is known.

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