Cottonseed companies’ drought relief programs put more high-tech varieties on Southwest fields.

“Growers think it’s a great deal,” says Randy Boman, Texas Extension cotton specialist at the Texas A&M Research and Extension center at Lubbock. “Some areas (of the Cotton Belt) don’t have this program and it is a real advantage in a high risk environment. It’s part of a grower’s risk management plan.”

Boman said Monsanto’s drought relief program “put more traits on dryland acreage. It gives producers an incentive to plant newer varieties with new technology.”

He said Monsanto offers the trait refund program and various seed companies create programs that refund some seed costs to farmers in case of losses. The programs available for 2007 from cottonseed companies serving the Southwest are outlined below. In most if not all cases, individual seed companies indicate that growers will be responsible for payment of technology fees associated with the free seed received. The company owning the specific traits may cover those fees.

Monsanto

Monsanto will offer a drought-relief program for the 2007 growing season for cotton producers in West Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico.

Qualifying cotton producers are eligible to receive cotton technology refunds for crop loss due to severe drought conditions on acres planted with cotton varieties containing Monsanto cotton traits. As with the 2006 Drought Relief Program, a 100 percent refund of the published cotton technology fee will be provided to participating growers who either lose their cotton crop completely or have yields less than 150 pounds of lint per land acre. Eligibility requirements and certain restrictions apply.

Qualifying traits include Bollgard, Bollgard II, Roundup Ready cotton and Roundup Ready Flex cotton. Trait Drought-Relief Program benefits are included as part of the Roundup Rewards Program. Growers can obtain more information from seed retailers.

Delta and Pine Land

The D&PL replant program in the Southwest provides replacement seed when replanting to cotton behind a field originally planted with D&PL-brand seed. The program reduces a cotton farmer’s financial risk by reducing the cost of replanting.

A farmer would make a normal purchase of the D&PL-brand seed to be used for replanting purposes. D&PL issues credit for the D&PL-brand seed units originally used to plant the replanted acres.

A farmer’s net seed expense is limited to replant units since credit is issued for originally planted units. D&PL notifies farmers by mail when the credit is issued.

Farmers should contact seed supplier or local D&PL representative for complete program details.

FiberMax and AFD Cotton Seed

Bayer CropScience has announced the 2007 Shared Risk Programs for FiberMax and AFD cottonseed varieties for West Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Kansas.

The Replant and Crop Destruct Program will cover 100 percent of the grower-suggested price for the first replant of FiberMax and AFD cottonseed varieties, including those carrying the LibertyLink technology. The program also allows for reapplications of Temik insecticide/nematicide, AERIS Seed-Applied System or Gaucho Grande seed-applied insecticide in replant situations.

In addition, the 150-pound Drought Program will provide refunds when the qualifying varieties yield less than 150 pounds of lint per land acre. FiberMax and AFD varieties with stacked Bollgard II/Roundup Ready Flex, LibertyLink/Bollgard II and Roundup Ready Flex will be eligible for a $50 per bag refund. FiberMax and AFD varieties with LibertyLink, Roundup Ready, Bollgard II/Roundup Ready, Bollgard and Bollgard II will be eligible for a $40 per bag refund.

In addition, FiberMax and AFD varieties with the LibertyLink Cotton System will be eligible for reimbursements for the technology costs of seed and Ignite 280 herbicide applications in crop destruction situations. The end date for this crop-destruct program is Aug. 31, 2007.

For refund information on Monsanto technology fees, growers should contact Monsanto for information regarding the 2007 Roundup Rewards Program.

Americot

Americot offers a Drought Relief program for cotton grown in West Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and New Mexico (seed drop zone E) for the 2007 growing season.

This program will support growers’ decisions to plant high quality, seed company-produced cottonseed containing advanced technologies and will aid in reducing financial risk from crop loss due to drought when choosing Americot B2RF, RF, and RR varieties.

In the event of drought, growers who lose the crop or produce yields less than 150 pounds per acre qualify for the program.

Refunds include $45 for Americot B2RF and RF cottons and $35 for Americot RR cottons.

The Drought Relief Program applies only to crop losses and/or specified yield reductions incurred due to drought conditions. Losses or yield reductions due to other conditions or perils such as diseases, pests, hail, etc., are not eligible.

Farmers seeking a replant refund should contact Americot before tilling or replanting any fields associated with the replant refund request. On-site verification and documentation by an Americot representative must be completed before replanting to be eligible. Following verification, Americot will credit the farmer’s seed supplier. Credit will not exceed the quantity used to plant the failed or lost stand and will be only for units necessary to replant.

If the original planted variety is not available the producer must select another Americot variety to remain eligible for the replant refund.

For details on the Cotton Technologies Drought Relief Program refer to Monsanto’s 2007 Roundup Rewards Brochure.

All-Tex Seed

Levelland Delinting Inc., (All-Tex Seed) will provide 100 percent All-Tex brand cottonseed to farmers who replant a failed or lost stand of All-Tex-brand cotton with All-Tex-brand cottonseed. This program is in effect on all All-Tex cottonseed varieties except conventional seed, for the 2007 planting season.

Farmers seeking a replant refund should contact local dealers or All-Tex Seed before tilling or replanting any fields associated with a replant refund request. On-site verification may apply before a replant is issued. All replant claim forms must be filled out and returned to All-Tex Seed by July 15, 2007.

Upon approval of any replant claim a check will be mailed to the dealer where the seed was originally purchased. Seed may not exceed quantity used to plant the failed or lost stand.

If the variety planted originally is not available, another All-Tex-brand variety must be substituted, not to exceed the original value of first planting.

Recipients of free replant seed under the terms of this program are responsible for any and all technology fees associated with the free seed received.

Claims must be submitted to All-Tex Seed no later than July 15, 2007. Program will be discontinued thereafter.

All-Tex also offers a dryland Drought Relief program for cotton grown in West Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and New Mexico (seed drop zone E) for All-Tex B2RF, RR Varieties.

In the event of a dryland drought, a grower whose cotton crop is lost or yields less than 150 pounds of lint per planted acre will qualify. Refunds are: 50 percent of suggested retail price refunded for All-Tex B2RF cottons; 100 percent of All-Tex RR seed will be refunded in seed only. A voucher will be supplied to the dealer who sold the original seed. Seed will be delivered to the same dealer in the farmer’s name in April 2008.

The Dryland Drought Relief Program applies only to crop losses and/or specified yield reductions incurred due to drought conditions. Losses or yield reductions due to other conditions or perils such as diseases, pests, hail, wind, etc., are not eligible for this offer.

Stoneville/NexGen

Stoneville and NexGen cottonseed brands will offer a Drought Relief Program for growers in west Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Growers planting these cottonseed brands will be eligible to receive seed cost refunds when a crop loss is experienced due to severe drought conditions.

A refund of 50 percent of the suggested retail cost of the cottonseed will be given if the Stoneville or NexGen cotton crop is lost or yields less than 150 pounds of lint per land acre due to drought.

The Drought Relief Program is part of a continued effort by brands such as NexGen and Stoneville to work with cotton producers in managing some of the risks associated with crop production.

Growers should see their local cottonseed dealer or Stoneville/NexGen representative for program details, eligibility, offer conditions and the claims process.

Croplan Genetics

Croplan Genetics, a division of Land O’Lakes Inc., is offering a Drought Assistance Program to help reduce financial risks from drought-related crop loss. Growers who plant Croplan Genetics cottonseed varieties will qualify for 50 percent assistance for the cost of the seed (through Croplan Genetics) and 100 percent assistance for the Monsanto Technology Fee (through a Trait Drought Relief Program by Monsanto).

Any grower planting the following Croplan Genetics varieties — CG 3020B2RF, CG 3520B2RF or CG 4020B2RF in 2007 — and who experiences a crop loss or yield of less than 150 pounds of lint per land acre due to drought and who files a claim with Croplan Genetics by Jan. 15, 2008, with a federal crop insurance claim for the loss is eligible for 50 percent reimbursement of the retail price of the seed.

If the same field planted meets the Roundup Rewards requirements and the grower experiences a crop loss or does not yield up to 150 pounds of lint per land acre due to drought and who files a claim with Monsanto by Jan. 15, 2008, with a federal crop insurance claim for the loss, he is eligible for 100 percent refund of the published cotton technology fee.

The offer is valid for only the 2007 crop year. The technology fee benefits are part of the Roundup Rewards Program offered by Monsanto. Custom seed treatments are not included. Drought assistance/relief claims must be submitted to Croplan Genetics and Monsanto by Jan. 15, 2008, when the program ends.

Drought assistance/relief units are not eligible for Action Pact or other program payments. Payment is contingent upon approved claim and corresponding sales reported for the farm.

Croplan Genetics and Monsanto reserve the right to audit dealer sales and grower claims.

Losses or reductions due to conditions or perils such as diseases, pests hail, etc., are not eligible. The grower must provide proof of Federal Crop Insurance Claim of an estimated yield less than 150 pounds of lint per acre under the Multiple Peril Crop Insurance coverage for affected areas. Total eligible acres equal the grower’s reported acres of cotton for the USDA or Federal Crop Insurance.

To make a drought assistance claim growers must contact the local Agriliance retailer or Land O’Lakes affiliated member co-op to verify acres lost to drought. The retailer or co-op must contact the local Monsanto sales representative Croplan Genetics district sales manager for complete details on claim procedures.

The retailer/co-op, Monsanto sales representative and/or the Croplan Genetics district sales manager will investigate and confirm the crop claim.

Settlement for seed will be by check made out in the name of the dealer and grower and mailed to the grower. Payment will be at 50 percent retail cost.

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