Bob Hutmacher: 2017 Cotton specialist of the year

Bob Hutmacher, a UC Cooperative Extension cotton specialist at the forefront of disease management and water efficiency issues for California growers was named the 2017 Cotton Specialist of the Year at the Beltwide Cotton Conference in Dallas, Texas.

The 2017 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year, Dr. Robert Hutmacher (center), of the University of California, is congratulated by Steve Nichols (left) of Bayer Agronomic Services–Seeds, and Monty Christian (right), Bayer vice president of U.S. Cotton Operations. (Courtesy photo)

Hutmacher, a faculty member in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, is also the director of the University of California West Side Research and Extension Center, operated by UC ANR.

“Extension cotton specialists are the backbone of our industry, providing leadership in our industry and the collaboration our growers need,” said Kenny Melton, Bayer Western Regional Agronomic Manager. “Dr. Robert Hutmacher is a master of defining a grower challenge, rallying all parties to come to the table to address the challenge and then working with growers to put that science to work in their fields. Whether the challenge is finding resistance to Fusarium wilt Race 4 or increasing water efficiency, Dr. Hutmacher rises to the challenge. It’s an honor to work with him and a special joy to help bestow this award.”

Cotton specialist in the 17 states where cotton is grown vote each year on who among them will be chosen for the prestigious award. The recipient’s peers evaluate and select an annual winner based on a number of considerations, including exceptional leadership and outstanding industry service. Bayer started sponsoring the award in 2008.

The 2016 recipient of this award — Gaylon Morgan, Extension cotton specialist at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service — presented the 2017 award to Hutmacher.

“Bob is a highly respected leader who California growers depend on to navigate the ups and downs of the cotton industry in their state,” Morgan says. “He has helped growers find the path to profitability. That kind of leadership is essential not only in California, but also nationally. He has earned this honor many times over. I am very pleased that Bob will be receiving the award. Bob is well deserving and has been for a long while.”

Hutmacher earned a B.S. degree in agronomy at the University of California, Davis, an M.S. degree in soil physics from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in crop physiology from Texas Tech University.

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[Article adapted from Bayer, via Morning Ag Clips]

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