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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.