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Agricultural bodies slam Senate’s Murray-Darling decision

Liz Wells, 15 February 2018

The Australian Senate’s vote last night to cut 70 gigalitres (Gl) of water available to users in the northern reaches of the Murray-Darling Basin has sparked the ire of agricultural bodies including the National Farmers Federation (NFF), Cotton Australia, NSW Farmers’ Association, the Queensland Farmers’ Federation and the National Irrigators’ Council.

Cotton feels the heat as early picking rolls along

Neil Lyon, 12 February 2018

Northern cotton-growing regions are bracing for heatwave conditions this week that will play a big part in determining the yield and quality outcomes for this year’s crop.

Benefits flow from ‘smart’ irrigation system

Neil Lyon, 09 February 2018

A highly automated irrigation system using through-the-bank piping, ‘smart siphon’ technology and sophisticated water flow sensor systems has created the potential to reduce labour and unlock new opportunities in water use efficiency on a large-scale irrigation farm.

Twynam calls time on Lachlan Valley holdings Jemalong, Merrowie

Liz Wells, 07 February 2018

Two of the Lachlan Valley’s best-known irrigation properties, Jemalong Station and Merrowie, are being offered for sale by Twynam Agricultural Group to wind up the company’s current investment in property in western New South Wales.

New farming strategies give cotton a fresh start in the Kimberley

Neil Lyon, 02 February 2018

Cotton production is set to return to the Ord River region of Western Australia as operators adopt new strategies and customise their farming systems to meet the unique challenges of producing the crop in the northern tropics.

Bollgard 3 dominates cotton plantings + VIDEO

Grain Central, 30 January 2018

More than 1000 growers have planted 452,000 hectares of cotton across Australia’s cotton growing regions this season, with more than 95 per cent of the crop sown to Monsanto’s genetically-modified, insect-resistant, Bollgard 3 varieties.

Pickers begin to roll through 4.3-million-bale cotton crop

Neil Lyon, 19 January 2018

Cotton picking has begun in Central Queensland (CQ), kicking off a harvest across the eastern growing belt that is set to produce around 4.3 million bales which, while not a record, is at the higher end of most production years.

Late season spray drift hits cotton potential

Neil Lyon, 17 January 2018

A spate of herbicide spray drift incidents over summer has caused widespread crop damage and prompted pleas by authorities and grower bodies for operators to strictly adhere to application regulations.

Could a diesel price rise erode cotton profits?

Guest Author, 18 December 2017

With recent reports forecasting diesel prices to move off their long-term lows and future price rises to exceed inflation, how exposed is cotton to these price increases?

Sub-continent cotton stocks revised downwards: USDA

Grain Central, 13 December 2017

India’s forecast 2017/18 ending stocks for cotton have been lowered substantially from 13.2 million bales to 11.7 million in the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) December crop update released today.