Cotton Matters - 7 February, 2018

Tuesday, 6th February 2018 // Breaking News // Comments (0)

Crunch time for Murray Darling Basin communities – have your say

The fate of rural communities across northern NSW and southern Queensland will be decided over the next week, with Federal Parliament to decide on the next stage of the Murray Darling Basin. Join Cotton Australia in the fight to save Basin communities – click below to learn more and play your part.

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Cotton Australia’s plea to Canberra: reject the disallowance motion, back the MDBA

Cotton Australia has called on all parties to put politicking aside and heed the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA) call to allow the Murray Darling Basin Plan time to deliver on its promise.

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2018 Australian Cotton Conference launched

Organisers of the 2018 Australian Cotton Conference have challenged themselves to beat the 1,956 delegate registrations achieved in 2016 – which would make this year’s Conference the largest cotton gathering ever. The Conference will be held on Queensland’s Gold Coast from 7-9 August.

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Australian Cotton Industry Awards – nominate today

Nominations have opened for the 2018 Australian Cotton Industry Awards, which recognise excellence and high achievement throughout the supply chain. Cotton Australia has called for nominations to the Awards, which can be made online any time before 5pm on March 30th, 2018.

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Picking is underway – a great opportunity for Click 2.0 photo competition

Harvest is a great time for opportunities to capture photos for Cotton Australia’s Click 2.0 Photo & Video Competition. We’re seeking images and videos that capture beautiful moments from the 2017-18 cotton season, whether it’s in the field, shed, gin or lab. Enter today!

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Opting in to BCI – time is running out

Reminder – growers only have until February 26, 2018 to opt in to the Better Cotton Initiative for this season. BCI gives growers access to premium markets for cotton grown on myBMP (Best Management Practices) certified farms. To qualify for BCI, growers must (1) achieve myBMP certification by February 26, 2017, (2) pay your full Cotton Australia levy, and (3) opt in for BCI.

Download the BCI opt-in form

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Video guide to heavy vehicle chain of responsibility

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and QFF have teamed up to produce a handy video and web guide for primary producers explaining the chain of responsibility to prevent mass, load restraint, dimension, fatigue and speed offences under the new Heavy Vehicle National Law.

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Optimising irrigation & nitrogen: research tour

CottonInfo's ‘optimising irrigation and nitrogen research tour’ has hit the road, bringing 10 leading cotton researchers onto farms across six cotton growing valleys. Growers are invited to field days at Moree, Wee Waa, Boggabilla and Brookstead to meet with researchers and to learn about the latest developments in irrigation and nitrogen research. 

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Global production gains from increased planted area: ICAC

Worldwide cotton production and consumption has experienced growth since the 2015-16 season, with current estimates putting production at 25.5 million tons and consumption at 25.4 million tons. Production increases are due to gains in planted area rather than yields this season.

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Heightened bee risk: Bee Aware

Dry weather and a lack of budding on trees means bees may travel further to find water sources, flowering native vegetation, crops or weeds around cotton crops. Cotton Australia has a handy guide for growers, spray contractors and aerial operators on best practice for avoiding bees this season.

Cotton Australia’s Bee Awareness guide

 

Reminder: look out for a stinky pest

With a second detection in Western Sydney of the brown marmorated stink bug – a threat to cotton production and quality – Cotton Australia reminds all growers, agronomists and farm staff to be on the lookout for pest species.

Guide to exotic cotton pests

Info: risks of imported picker equipment

 

CRDC-supported project survey: future skills

Dr Nicole McDonald is researching and developing practical strategies to support the cotton industry to attract and develop the next generation of expert workers, and has called for grower input. Have your say on this exciting project.

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