Cotton pickers are rolling through the first of this season’s crops in Central Queensland (CQ), bringing in promising yields from the big percentage of crops that were sown early this season.
With triple-stacked herbicide tolerance traits in genetically modified cotton expected to be available to Australia within five years, research suggests that using more diverse strategies in weed control can add 20 years to the effective ‘life’ of this new herbicide tolerance technology.
China’s State Reserve (SR) stocks of cotton, which reached an estimated 60 million bales in the spring of 2014, are currently estimated at just under 13 million bales, according to the latest report from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Australian wheat production is set to be the lowest since 2007-08, largely due to drought conditions in the east, with increased domestic demand reducing export potential, but rising world prices more than offsetting the impact, according to ABARES latest ag commodities report.
Researchers have designed a strategy to counter glyphosate-resistant weeds in cotton farming systems.
The assessment of a range of irrigation systems by the Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association points to a future of automated, water-efficient, labour-saving systems taking over from traditional, hand-shift siphon irrigation.
Taraba at Toobeah is for sale by expressions of interest, and will test values for irrigated and dryland cropping country in the Macintyre Valley west of Goondiwindi.
A north west NSW farming family having difficulty controlling Johnson grass in sorghum has found the introduction of cotton as a dryland summer crop option has given them a new option for controlling Johnson grass and a range of other weeds.
CRDC executive director, Bruce Finney, who steps down from the position in January, 2019, has played his part in transforming the cotton industry into one of the most switched on, dynamic sectors of Australian agriculture.
While there is widespread resistance by the cotton bollworm pest to the Bt toxins that have been bred into current cotton varieties in some regions of the world, Australia’s world-leading strategies for managing Bt cotton have prevented the spread of resistance in Australian crops.