Clyde Sharp, a cotton grower in Roll in southwestern Arizona, is the winner of the 2014 Western Farm Press High Cotton Award for his success in growing high quality cottonin a environmentally sustainable manner. Sharp has also travelled the world working hard to expand exports of U.S. cotton.
1. Clyde Sharp of Roll, Ariz. is the winner of the 2014 Western Farm Press High Cotton Award.
<p>The Sharp Family includes from left: Clyde, Vicky, Kayla, Holly, Melissa, and David.</p>
3. Clyde has farmed in Arizona for 50 years; first as a dairyman with his parents, and since the late 1980s as a crop grower.
4. The Sharp family grows cotton, alfalfa, wheat, onions, and Sudangrass.
5. The Sharp brothers - Clyde and David.
6. Clyde checks out his NexGen cotton crop before harvest.
8. After the picker finishes in the field, a rood machine gathers cotton low on the plant and on the ground.
10. Clyde and Vicky farm in the Arizona low desert. Annual rainfall is about 1.5 inches per year.
12. Clyde and "red paint" equipment.
13. Besides farming, David (right) is a leader in the Arizona grain industry and Farm Bureau.
14. Clyde has driven many thousands of miles to support the cotton industry.
21. Holly (Sharp) Norris.