Delta Winner — George LaCour

LaCour’s dedication to cotton, his years of service to the cotton industry and his work to protect the water and the land he farms in the lower Mississippi Valley led the editors of Delta Farm Press to name him the winner of the 2015 Cotton Foundations/Farm Press High Cotton Award for the Delta region.


Southeast Winner — Rick Morgan

Because of his environmentally sound production practices combined with an innovative approach to farming and a willingness to adapt the latest technology, Rick Morgan was named the 2015 High Cotton Winner for the Southeast. “Rick employs a number of practices to consistently achieve this high quality crop,” said Paul Smith, Morgan’s Extension agent in Gates County.


Southwest Winner — Ronnie and R.N. Hopper

Ronnie Hopper and his son, R.N., believe in no-till crop production, and predict it will gain acceptance across the Texas High Plains as farmers deal with the increasingly serious problem of a declining water resource. Their success in improving efficiency and their commitment to creating a more sustainable production system were among the factors leading to the Hoppers being selected for the 2015 Cotton Foundations/Farm Press High Cotton Award for the Southwest region.


Western Winner — Mark Watte

Cotton runs deep in the veins of the Watte family of Tulare, Calif. The family’s cotton roots date back 56 years to their first planting in 1959. While the first crop yielded two bales per acre, today’s Watte cotton yields are about four bales (2,000 pounds) with higher quality lint. Mark Watte recevied the Western Farm Press High Cotton Award from Editor Cary Blake during the 2015 High Cotton Award breakfast at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences held in early January in San Antonio, Texas. The award recognizes the contributions of the entire Watte family.