Cotton Matters 18 October 2017

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Cotton Gap: 20 student EOIs received, submit your job ad

Cotton Australia has received 20 expressions of interest from high-school leavers seeking to participate in the Cotton Gap program in 2018. We have now extended the opportunity for growers seeking operational on-farm staff to submit a job ad – submit your job ad by Sunday 22 October.

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Southern Basin SDL project welcomed

Cotton Australia has welcomed an announcement by the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) regarding environmental water efficiency projects which could result in an adjustment to sustainable diversion limits (SDL) in the southern Basin.

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CottonMap: protect your crop, map your planted fields

More than 100,000 hectares of cotton is now mapped on CottonMap. As planting continues, growers are reminded to map their planted fields. Cotton Australia urges all farmers, no matter what crop they are growing, to access tools to protect their crops from spray drift and apply pesticides responsibly to prevent damage to surrounding farms.

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Planting underway? Submit your entries to Click 2.0

Field preparation underway for the season? Already planting on your farm? Be sure to submit your snaps as part of the Click 2.0 photo and video competition! Entries are already rolling in, and the competition is open until June 8, 2018, so you can capture beautiful moments from the whole season. There’s $8000 worth of prizes available.

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Increased data available for Sky Muster™ users

Sky Muster™ satellite (nbn) service users can now receive 50% more data at peak times and double data during off-peak times, at almost no extra cost. The news follows nbn’s announcement in June to increase the maximum monthly wholesale data limits and increase average wholesale peak download plans. Phone and internet providers have started offering a range of increased peak and off-peak satellite broadband packages on the nbn access network. Cotton Australia encourages growers to consider whether the SkyMuster satellite service is available to them and whether it may provide a better service than what they currently receive. Contact your preferred internet provider to review your plan or sign up for a service – click here for more information. As part of our continued work in the telecommunications space, Cotton Australia is part of the Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalition (RRRCC) with the objective of making 2017 the year of delivery for better telecommunications in the bush. Cotton Australia participated in a recent face-to-face meeting of the Coalition held at nbn - click here for more information.

 

Download the latest Cotton Pest Management Guide 2017-2018

The Cotton Pest Management Guide 2017-18 is the industry’s go-to resource for insect, mite and weed control, disease prevention, biosecurity and spray application information. The Guide builds on the wealth of knowledge from research the cotton industry has undertaken since the publication first began in the 1980s and is an important tool for growers, agronomists and consultants alike. Importantly, when it comes to protecting the crop, growers are not alone - insects, weeds and diseases do not respect farm boundaries, so it’s important that the industry works together to manage pests. The Cotton Pest Management Guide is published by CRDC and the industry’s joint CottonInfo team.

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Precision to Decision telecoms and producer reports released

A new report into on-farm telecommunications to secure a digital agriculture future has found that producers are not constrained by technology, but by low levels of awareness and service provider options. The University of New England report calls for marketplace policies to create fair access for Australian producers and an education campaign to increase the use of digital agriculture technologies.  

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Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program launched

The Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program is a new initiative, led by the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) which asks agribusiness, representative bodies and other farm-focussed organisations to commit to meaningful change to enhance female participation. The program will see aspiring female leaders matched with accomplished mentors – male and female. During December 2017 applications from aspiring female leaders will be called for. A selection committee will select 10-15 successful applicants. Click below to read more about the program and next steps for interested participants.

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Quad bike survey: Queensland growers urged to participate

Quad bikes are a popular vehicle for recreation and work purposes in Queensland, but they can also be dangerous. More than 70 people have been killed on quad bikes in Queensland since 2001 — approximately 30% of all quad bike-related deaths in Australia. In an effort to reduce these numbers, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland produced the Ride ready advertising campaign which has been running for two years. To evaluate its success, they have commissioned KantarPublic to conduct market research on their behalf. Growers are encouraged to participate and complete this confidential 15-minute survey. Any information provided in the survey will be treated as confidential.

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Queensland farm safety calendar available

Queensland growers can now order a 2018 Farm Safety Calendar. Each month represents one of 12 winning entries from a competition run by WorkCover Queensland. The entries were submitted by primary school students from across the state.

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