2008 High Cotton Award winners

Western Winner, Aubrey "Sonny" Hatley, Maricopa County, Ariz.

Sonny Hatley is one of those folks who, within 15 minutes of meeting, you say, “What’s not to like about this fellow?” Maybe it’s the easy smile and quick laugh. ...

Delta Winner, B Lindsey, Cross County, Ark

“B” Lindsey was born to run, say those who recall his athletic career at Forrest City High School. In 1957, the starting backfield of Lindsey, Sonny Holmes, Dan Wilford and Clinton Gore was considered the best backfield in the state of Arkansas....

Southeast Winner, Mike Haddock, Trenton, N.C.

Growing no-till cotton in eastern North Carolina is still far from the norm, but for Trenton, N.C., growers Mike and Timmy Haddock it was the only way to offset the cost of labor, equipment, pesticides, fuel, and fertilizer....

Southwest Winner, Clint Abernathy, Altus, Okla.

Clint Abernathy hasn’t just accepted technology. He’s embraced it. Drip irrigation, GPS, reduced-tillage and transgenic cotton varieties help Abernathy and sons Justin and Jarod improve efficiency on their Altus, Okla., cotton and wheat farm....