One Ton Truck Winner
The banquet featured a drawing for a two-year lease on a Ford® Super Duty® F-350 King Ranch® truck. Duane Braden, a six-year One Ton Club member from Garden City, Texas, and his wife, Carla, won the lease. Braden averaged 2,505 pounds per acre using FM 2484B2F and FM 9160B2F. Braden said the key to his One Ton Club success was water, fertilizer and FiberMax varieties that provide top yield and fiber quality.
“We had good water and fertilizer, and we had a little bit of rain during the growing season that helped us along,” Braden said. “FiberMax varieties yield well for me, and they have high-quality fiber.”
For Braden, the One Ton Club banquet gives him an opportunity to converse with other growers who are producing one-ton yields and learn about their production techniques. One of those growers is his uncle Kenneth Braden, who won the One Ton Club truck at the 2010 banquet. Even with a past truck winner in the family, Duane never expected that he would sit behind the wheel of this year’s truck.
“I could not imagine this at all,” Braden said. “They said my name, and I just sat there. I had to let it sink in for a second. It’s exciting that this year’s One Ton Club truck is coming back to St. Lawrence County.”
Best of the Best
Individual awards presented during the banquet included highest yield, highest loan value, highest gross value per acre, most acres and most varieties:
Highest Yield and Highest Gross Value Per Acre:
Vance Smith, Big Spring, Texas, 2,910 lbs/A and $1,579 per acre
Highest Loan Value:
Justin Schwartz, Garden City, Texas, and Todd Suter, Coyanosa, Texas, 58 cents loan value
Most Varieties Achieving One Ton Club Yield
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