THE age of the average cotton grower in Australia is a sprightly 47.2 years and the vast majority of producers are upbeat about the future of their industry, according to the 2018 Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) grower survey.
“We’ve long known our industry is dynamic and progressive and, as the 2018 CRDC cotton grower survey shows, it’s also pretty young compared to other ag industries, with our average age just 47,” CRDC executive director, Dr Ian Taylor, said.
“The survey also shows that 95 per cent of growers are positive about the future of the industry. Yes, we’re all going through a challenging time now with the prolonged dry conditions, but overall, our industry is one of optimism and resilience.
“Perhaps most importantly for us, the survey shows that 96 per cent of cotton growers believe research, development and extension drive continuous improvement of the Australian cotton industry. The industry’s culture of innovation, supported by and embracing RD&E, has been a major contributor to its success to date.”
The key results from the 246 respondees to the survey show:
The Australian cotton industry in 2017-18: grew 500,000 hectares of irrigated and dryland cotton, just shy of the 2016-17 crop, which was the largest crop in five years.
The industry produced 4.6 million bales in 2017-18 worth $2.92 billion in gross value.
Read the full grower survey report for 2018, https://www.crdc.com.au/publications/growersurvey
The 2019 CRDC grower survey is now open. If you’re a cotton grower or farm manager, participate today at https://www.crdc.com.au/growersurvey