Cotton Australia shortlisted in the NSW and ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards
Cotton Australia has been named a semi finalist in the Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award 2019.
The Australian cotton industry thrives on its commitment to innovation and working together to be environmentally-conscious and efficient farmers.
Cotton Australia would also like to congratulate our fellow semi finalists on their wonderful achievement.
The award winner will be announced at a gala event on Friday 8th November 2019.
Student travel bursaries available for the 2019 Australian Cotton Research Conference
Cotton Australia and The Association of Australian Cotton Scientists (AACS) have announced the availability of bursaries to the 2019 Australian Cotton Research Conference.
The conference will be held in Armidale, New South Wales from October 28th – 30th 2019.
The biennial event at the University of New England will be an opportunity for researchers to present on and discuss concepts, key issues and findings that are relevant to the Australian cotton industry.
Two different travel bursaries are being offered by Cotton Australia and AACS, to encourage students to attend the conference:
- Undergraduate student travel bursaries – supporting undergraduate students who are interested in exposure to the Australian cotton industry and research community.
- Honours and post-graduate student travel bursaries – supporting honours and post-graduate students who are working on a topic relevant to the cotton industry to present their research at the conference.
Applications close 18th September 2019.
Australian cotton industry featured in climate resilience series
The drought is putting increased pressure on Australian cotton farmers, with a significantly reduced crop size forecast for this season.
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has produced a detailed case study on Australian cotton growers as part of their Towards Climate Resilience Series outlining how farmers are using different advanced digitalised techniques and efficiency measures to adapt to extreme weather conditions.
For example, some farmers combine satellite imagery of their cotton crops with digital soil moisture readings and local weather data, in order to predict exactly how much water to apply on a particular day.
TIMS Committee meeting held in Brisbane
The cotton industry’s Transgenic and Insect Management Strategies (TIMS) Committee held their annual meeting in Brisbane last week.
The meeting included a detailed review of the industry’s stewardship strategies for Bt cotton, herbicides and insecticides.
The group also met with Bayer to discuss stewardship of the XtendFlex crop system.
International cotton event coming to Australia
Australia will host the 78th International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) Plenary meeting in Brisbane in December.
The conference will take place from December 2nd – 5th 2019.
Australian cotton growers are invited to participate in the conference free of charge, while other Australian industry representatives can receive reduced-price tickets.
To take up this offer email: email@example.com.
Have you completed the spray drift survey?
Cotton and grain growers are being encouraged to participate in a new study on spray practices.
The survey is being conducted by the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC), the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and the University of New England (UNE).
The results from the survey will be used to better understand the motivational factors for improved spray application on farms, to help reduce future drift incidences.
All responses are anonymous and will be used to make general recommendations for reducing spray drift stemming from cotton and grain growers.
New water market platform released
A new web platform and app aiming to boost transparency in the water market is now available for irrigators.
The Waterflow app and website was developed by Marsden Jacob Associates, with funding assistance from the federal government.
The initiative aims to boost irrigators’ access to reliable and real-time information about the water market, including:
- Centralised, free and accurate water market information
- Tailored reporting & alerts
- Near real-time pricing
- Cross boundary search & comparison
- Optimised search engine that draws upon data and rules to identify current water market opportunities
Minister for Water Resources, David Littleproud, said Waterflow will ensure irrigators are better informed to make the best possible business decisions.
The web-based version of Waterflow is available now and the mobile app version will be available in coming weeks.
September is biodiversity month
The first day of spring also marked the first day of biodiversity month.
The cotton industry has many resources available to support growers as they continue to protect, conserve and improve biodiversity on farm, including:
- The myBMP Sustainable Natural Landscape (Natural Assets) module, which provides growers a framework for managing natural assets across the whole farm to achieve better environmental and production outcomes
- The CottonInfo Birds on Cotton Farms app, which features a monitoring tool and includes bird call sounds to make the process of identifying birds easier
- CottonInfo, which publishes monthly blog posts on natural resources