The High Cotton Awards, sponsored by Farm Press Publications through a grant to The Cotton Foundation, are presented annually to cotton producers in each of the four Farm Press coverage areas who produce good cotton yields while taking good care of the land and water on their farms . This year’s winners: Southeast Region— Kent Wannamaker, St. Matthews, S.C.; Delta Region — Coley Bailey Jr., Coffeeville, Miss.; Southwest Region — Shawn Holladay, Lamesa, Texas; and Far West Region — Don Cameron, Helm, Calif.
DAWSON COUNTY, Texas, cotton farmer Shawn Holladay is the High Cotton winner for the Southwest region.
Southwest High Cotton Winner: Shawn Holladay, Lamesa, Texas.
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DON CAMERON inspects a recently delivered load of disposable drip irrigation tape. It is an inexpensive way to irrigate. At the end of the season, the tape is deposited in metal bins and hauled to the recycler.
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CAMERON’S constant companion on the farm is Honey, a dog he rescued from the local animal shelter.
Delta High Cotton Winner: Coley Bailey Jr., Coffeeville, Miss.
THE COTTON field behind Coley Bailey, Sr., and Coley Bailey, Jr., was once farmed by James K. Polk, the country’s 11th president.
Southeast High Cotton Winner: Kent Wannamaker, St. Matthews, S.C.
CHECKING blooms is a daily ritual for St. Matthews, S.C., grower Kent Wannamaker.