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.

Delta and Pine Land Company (D&PL)

WHEN A U.S. cotton producer purchases Delta and Pine Land Company (D&PL) seed, he gets a total value package of revolutionary programs that include research, a pipeline of products, service, seed packaging and profit potential. The total value package has become known as THE COTTON REVOLUTION, a movement in full swing since 2002 when D&PL began commercializing some of the most exciting cotton seed products to come along in years.

Research has always played a predominant role. A worldwide network of cotton research programs incorporates the large and diverse worldwide cotton germplasm base 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 value-added seed products.

One of the best product lines in the cotton seed industry only gets better in the years to come because the D&PL pipeline is full of exciting new genetics. In 2004, D&PL will offer the product lineup of DP 444 BG/RR, DP 449 BG/RR and DP 555 BG/RR — an early-, a mid- and a full-season variety — each bred for both high yield and good fiber quality potential. All three varieties have been proven in extensive university OVT testing. The complementary lineup of these three products arms producers with stacked-gene varieties with high yield potential for all maturity needs. D&PL also offers DP 494 RR, a variety that has demonstrated good yield potential and the fiber quality potential of DP 491 with the reliability of DP 451 B/RR.

Over the next several years, look for more new high-yielding varieties offering excellent fiber quality potential to emerge from D&PL's breeding programs. Many of these new products will contain the industry's most advanced transgenic traits such as Bollgard II®, better disease resistance, storm tolerance, length, strength and lower micronaire.

D&PL is the only major cotton seed company that also breeds and sells soybean seed for planting. Like most of its cotton varieties, D&PL soybean products are bred for the South with good yield potential. Most contain Roundup Ready® technology.

The trained agronomists and plant physiologists that comprise D&PL's technical services team provide in-field cotton management assistance and variety performance data to growers. D&PL has a large distribution channel for its products and a complete channel partner initiative to find opportunities and ways to influence downstream purchasers of raw cotton. The long-term goal of this initiative is to have cotton merchants and textile mills asking for cotton grown from D&PL varieties.

D&PL is the leader in seed packaging with several options that add value to producers such as seed-count packaging and the Boll Box bulk delivery system, which moves seed from the bulk containers to the planter hopper boxes. Beginning in 2004, bags of most D&PL Upland varieties will contain a minimum of 250,000 seeds, and each Boll Box will contain 8 million seeds. Pima and Acala varieties will continue to be packaged in 50-pound bags.

D&PL offers a total value package with its seed products giving producers the best possible potential for a profitable crop. No other cotton seed company has the breadth of research capabilities, or the lineup of cotton seed 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 cotton 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.

Roundup Ready, Bollgard and Bollgard II are registered trademarks used under a license from Monsanto Technology LLC. Boll Box and THE COTTON REVOLUTION are trademarks of Delta and Pine Land Company.

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.

Syngenta

SYNGENTA Crop Protection is pleased to continue its participation in Farm Press' High Cotton Awards and congratulates each nominee and winner. Syngenta offers the industry's broadest product portfolio to help growers produce, high-quality crops.

The Syngenta products portfolio meets most producers' total crop protection needs by providing selective and non-selective herbicides, fungicides and a wide selection of foliar, soil and seed insecticides. Just recently, Syngenta introduced the new broad-spectrum herbicide Envoke® for control of hard to control troublesome weeds in cotton. In 2003, Denim®, a powerful new insecticide that aids growers in controlling lepidopteran pests, was also launched. For the 2004 growing season, Syngenta eagerly anticipates the launch of two more cotton herbicides — Suprend‰ and Sequence‰ — to complement growers' spray programs.

These products join a distinguished Syngenta cotton products portfolio that growers have come to depend on and trust, such as Caparol®, Dual Magnum®, Fusilade® DX, Fusion®, Gramoxone® Max, Touchdown®, 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 continues to provide innovative products, superior technology and services that best satisfy its customers' needs in agribusiness. Its growth will focus on meeting the needs of its customers, the environments and the communities in which they live and work.

U. S. Borax Inc.

BORAX is the world's leading producer of boron fertilizers. The California-based company has been at the forefront of crop research since 1940, and continues to break new ground in boron science. This investment in agronomic research pays off for growers in their efforts to maximize crop yield and quality. For decades, the company's product line — including Granubor® 15% for bulk blends, Fertibor® for suspensions, and Solubor® for foliar applications — has been synonymous with boron fertilizer.

Boron is one of seven essential plant micronutrients, but its effects are macro. B plays a vital role in plant reproduction, controlling flowering, pollen production, germination and fruit development. B is also necessary for plant growth, moving sugars from leaves to growth areas and roots. Independent research shows that B fertilizers can quadruple corn yields and increase cotton yields by more than 500 pounds per acre. Nevertheless, B deficiency is the most widespread of all crop deficiencies, affecting almost all major crops grown around the world.

Trends in B supply, demand and application methods vary by geographic region. The one constant is that replenishing soils deficient in B is vital to achieving maximum crop yields and profits.

Another important trend for the entire fertilizer industry is sustainable development — or how the industry will measure and improve its social, environmental and economic contribution over time. Borax launched its sustainable development program in 2000 to measure, report and improve how its products and practices affect people, the environment and the economy. Through its commitment to sustainable development, Borax has earned its best safety record in company history; lowered its use of natural resources; increased refinery productivity; and completed lifecycle inventories of resources used in mining and manufacturing its five main products.

While Borax believes that its commitment to sustainable development is vital to its ability to maintain society's license to operate, the company also believes it offers a competitive advantage. Borax is already partnering with customers to develop their own sustainable development programs, which, in turn, have helped them meet stricter national reporting requirements, and hold promise for even more advances in practices and products.

For more information on boron, Borax, or our sustainable development program, please visit our website at www.borax.com.