The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is recommending the water recovery target for the Northern Basin be reduced from 390 gigalitres (GL) to 320GL as long as the Australian, Queensland and NSW governments commit to implementing a range of measures aimed at improving water management in the north and helping the environment.
A third-generation Darling Downs farmer and Nuffield Scholar has taken steps to curb the cost of colour downgrades in cotton, which each year strips the industry of millions of dollars in profits.
The high cotton prices that have prevailed in 2016/17 are expected to encourage farmers around the world to expand the area under cotton by five per cent to 30.8 million hectares in 2017/18.
Federal and NSW transport regulators have moved to bring NSW road train rules into line with those already in place in Queensland with a regulation amendment that standardises the transport of cotton modules throughout the two states.
Forecast cotton exports from the United States have risen in the past month, while ending stocks have fallen, according to the latest crop report from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Picking of irrigated cotton crops in the key growing areas of eastern Australia is set to step into full swing after Easter, wrapping up a season that has had its challenges from high insect pressure to water shortfalls and heatwaves.
Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD) has celebrated 50 years of service to the Australian cotton industry with a gala dinner at its ‘Shenstone’ cotton seed processing plant and laboratory near Wee Waa in north west NSW.
The Australian cotton industry has welcomed a move by the Federal Government to direct the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to review retail electricity prices.
Cyclone Debbie, which brought destructive winds and flooding to the coastal regions of southern Queensland and north east NSW last week, produced more benign, beneficial rainfall for much of the inland grain belt from Central Queensland to north west NSW.
Queensland Murray–Darling Basin irrigators will soon be able to apply for a share of $31 million in Coalition Government funding to upgrade on-farm water infrastructure, under a new round of the Healthy HeadWaters programme.