Cotton Matters 22 March 2017

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Awards field day draws cotton growers, industry reps from across two states

More than 150 cotton growers and industry representatives from NSW and Queensland last week gathered to attend the Monsanto National Cotton Grower of the Year Field Day. The event was hosted by Grower of the Year recipients Ian, Marilyn and Harry Carter on their property 'Connamara' at Pine Ridge. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, was the keynote speaker.

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Cotton Australia meets nation’s leaders to call for better telecommunications

Cotton Australia was one of 17 organisations from across Australia to converge on Parliament House, Canberra, earlier this week with one simple message: 2017 must be the year of bringing reliable and affordable telecommunications to rural, regional and remote Australia. Cotton Australia Graduate Policy Officer Claudia Vicary joined members of the Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalition to meet with 50 parliamentarians.

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Updated: essential harvest transport info for haulage contractors and growers

Cotton Australia has uploaded its latest Cotton Harvest Transport Update onto the website, with updated information on machinery and cotton module movement regulations for both NSW and Queensland.

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Last chance to nominate for the 2017 Australian Cotton Industry Awards

Nominations for the 2017 Australian Cotton Industry Awards, which recognise excellence and high achievement throughout the supply chain, close on Friday 24 March, 2017. Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay encourages everyone in our industry to nominate those around them who deserve recognition. Nominations to the Awards can be made online.

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Cotton Annual 2017 stats book released

Cotton Australia annually collates data for key areas affecting cotton production in Australia: crop size, area, forecasts, yield, quality, price, water, biotechnology, environmental indicators and the world market. The latest Cotton Annual 2017 statistics booklet has been released and is now available online. The annual publications are used by Cotton Australia to help inform politicians, regulators, educators and students, and the public about the modern Australian cotton industry.

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Cotton industry engaged in Precision to Decision agriculture workshop

A number of cotton’s leading growers and industry representatives attended a recent workshop in Tamworth as part of a large project called Accelerating Precision Agriculture to Decision Agriculture. CRDC is coordinating the project, which is bringing together all agriculture RDCs, the CSIRO, a number of universities and the Australian Farm Institute for the first time to position agriculture in the big data space. 

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Potential for growers to save money: Qld electricity tariff trial

Cotton Australia encourages Queensland growers to participate in the Agricultural Tariff Trial offered by the State Government and Ergon Energy. The trial is designed to help farmers and irrigators prepare for the loss of the transitional tariffs 62, 65 and 66 in 2020, and to help Ergon better understand the potential to offer controlled load and seasonal demand tariffs. Grower participation is strongly encouraged by Cotton Australia as it will help demonstrate to the Queensland Government why rising electricity costs and inappropriate tariff design are major issues for our industry.

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Cotton farm safety facts: tractor safety

There are many older tractors on cotton farms still being used to tow syphon trailers, module builders and portable power pumps. From 2001 – 2010, 35% of injury deaths on Australian farms were associated with plant and machinery; 60% of these involved tractors. The major causes of serious injury and death are associated with tractor runovers, rollovers and workers being entangled in unguarded power take-off (PTO) shafts. Fitting rollbars, neutral start switches and safe tractor access (with platforms, steps and handrails) prevents operators being run over and crushed, and has significantly improved tractor safety.

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New grower resources following Mealybug alert

Growers and consultants are urged to remain vigilant for pests, with the Solenopsis mealybug now confirmed in the Macintyre Valley. CottonInfo has great information about how to identify this pest, and what to do, including a new ‘Come Clean Go Clean’ picker clean down and inspection checklist. Growers and consultants are also encouraged to participate in a CottonInfo webinar - Mealybug in cotton - the what, where and why - to be held at 1pm (NSW time), Thursday 23 March, 2017.

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New picker checklist

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Irrigation modernisation funding available in Northern NSW

Northern NSW irrigators can now apply for funding to upgrade on-farm infrastructure from two programs. All irrigators with eligible entitlements from the Lower Namoi and Border Rivers catchments can apply for funding via the Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation (STBIFM) program. All irrigators with eligible entitlements in the NSW Border Rivers, Gwydir, Namoi/Peel, Macquarie/Cudgegong and Barwon/Darling water management districts can apply for funding via the Irrigated Farm Water Use Efficiency Assessment (IFWUEA) program. Applications are open until June 30, 2017.

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SEQ recycled water feasibility funding approved

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has welcomed finalisation of funding arrangements for the Federal Coalition’s $650,000 commitment to re-examine a visionary project that would divert south-east Queensland’s treated waste water for agricultural and industrial use. The ‘NuWater’ project, funded through the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund (NWIDF), will be managed by QFF (of which Cotton Australia is a member) in consultation with unofficial consortium members.

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Southern Cotton puts out call to help kids in need

Ward Angels have put a desperate call out for socks and undies for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Southern Cotton has joined forces with The Coffee Tree cafe (Leeton) to create the Bless Their Cotton Socks Campaign. Until Easter, donations can be made at a collection box at the front door of The Coffee Tree cafe (101 Pine Avenue, Leeton NSW) or in the foyer at the gin (881 Darlington Point-Whitton Rd, Whitton). Donations can be made at any time, and Southern Cotton is also seeking as many donations as possible at the upcoming pre-harvest grower breakfast (7.30am, March 29, 2017). Please note that donations must be brand new and in original packaging. For more information, please contact Southern Cotton’s Kate O’Callaghan on kate.ocallaghan@southerncotton.com.au or phone 02 6955 2755.

 

GRDC post-emergent graminicide (grass herbicide) workshops

Following the series of 'understanding soil behaviour of pre-emergent herbicide workshops' held over the past 24 months, ICAN Pty Ltd, on behalf of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), have created a new workshop on ‘understanding post-emergent graminicides (grass herbicides)’. This new workshop covers the science that underpins how different post-emergent grass active herbicides work and links this understanding to optimising field performance. While the workshop has been designed for agronomists, interested growers are also welcome. Locations include Moree, Goondiwindi, Gunnedah, Coonamble, Parkes, Dubbo and Griffith.

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