Queensland grain growers’ frustration with the process required to move oversized agricultural machinery is beginning to boil over.
Irrigated land in southern NSW is in hot demand from investors and family farming operations as the region’s cotton industry expands.
The Monsanto National Cotton Grower of the Year Field Day hosted by recipients Ian, Marilyn and Harry Carter on their Liverpool Plains property, ‘Connamara’, at Pine Ridge near Quirindi in northern NSW attracted 150 cotton growers and industry representatives.
Big ticket items stole the show in a total clearance of agricultural machinery at an unreserved second-hand machinery sale conducted by Ritchie Bros at Moree in north west NSW on the weekend.
The latest USDA crop report forecasts Australia’s 2016/17 cotton crop will produce 4.5 million bales, up 1.65 million or 58 per cent from last year.
Just what caused the virtual plague of Rutherglen bugs that invaded northern cropping areas in unprecedented numbers over summer has had scientists searching for answers.
Cooperation between affiliates in two states, members of Grain NSW and Queensland Agricultural Merchants (QAM), culminated in a forum in Toowoomba last Friday.
The development of an extensive centre pivot irrigation system utilising recycled water from the coal seam gas (CSG) industry, and the trimming down of the enterprise mix to a focus on cotton, have transformed a family farming business on Queensland’s western Darling Downs.
Ginning has begun of this season’s first cotton crops in Central Queensland where Queensland Cotton’s Emerald gin whirred into life on Monday and went onto 24-hour shifts yesterday.
Australia’s winter crop production for the 2016/17 season hit record highs in all mainland states with an estimated 58.9 million tonnes (Mt) produced nationally, a 49 per cent increase on the previous year.