Cotton Matters - 8 November 2019

Thursday, 7th November 2019 // Cotton Matters, Featured // Comments (0)

Cotton Australia forms new partnership with brand M.J. Bale

Cotton Australia is proud to be working with fashion brand M.J. Bale as they launch their new range of Australian cotton chinos.

Cotton Australia’s Cotton to Market program works to develop meaningful relationships between the Australian cotton industry and brands and supply chain partners.

As part of the brand’s promotional activities of their new range, M.J. Bale launched an engaging video featuring leading grower Andrew Watson, who advocated for the industry about growing best practice and our sustainability credentials.

Watch the video and learn more about M.J. Bale’s new range

Learn about Cotton to Market


ABC News boss Gaven Morris to speak at Cotton Australia’s General Meeting

Cotton Australia has been working to build strong relationships with the ABC’s executive management, as part of our efforts to address concerns over the broadcaster’s reporting of irrigation issues.

The ABC’s Director News, Analysis and Investigations, Gaven Morris, has accepted our invitation to address member reps at Cotton Australia’s November General Meeting.

Mr Morris has agreed to answer questions from the industry, which Cotton Australia will facilitate.

Cotton Australia is inviting all growers and industry personnel with questions of Mr Morris to email them to by COB Thursday 14th November 2019.

We will then collate the questions and put them to Mr Morris at the General Meeting.

Submit your question now 


School students learn about cotton at Moo Baa Munch

Hundreds of students learned about the Australian cotton industry at Toowoomba’s Moo Baa Munch last week.

Cotton Australia’s Education Coordinator, Jenny Hughes, and Regional Manager Mary O'Brien attended the event and ran workshops for primary and secondary students teaching them about the Australian cotton industry.

“There were lots of smiles and great questions from the students, which showed how much they enjoyed learning about cotton from dirt to shirt,” Jenny said.

“Some of the students were surprised to learn cotton comes from a plant, while others were fascinated that the fuzzy seed by-product was vital to help feed livestock.”

Secondary students were taught about the huge range of careers in the cotton industry and investigated the properties of cotton that make it the most common fibre used in fabrics globally.


Scholarships help students learn about cotton science

Cotton Australia was proud to sponsor a group of students to attend a conference run by the Association of Australian Cotton Scientists (AACS) in Armidale in October.

The biennial AACS Australian Cotton Research Conference is a platform for cotton researchers to present and discuss concepts, key issues and findings in research relevant to the Australian cotton industry.

The group of undergraduate students were provided with valuable exposure to the Australian cotton industry and were given the opportunity to network with the research community.

Scholarship recipients included: Paige Tilse (UNE), Strath Yeo (Sydney University), Akkrab Mehta (ANU), Lleyton Cave (UQ), Sam O’Rafferty (CSU) and Claire Patterson (CQU).


Spray drift advice after recent rain

Some cotton regions received much needed rain last weekend, meaning there may be spraying activity over the next few weeks by those with crops in the ground.

Growers are reminded to:

• Use Satacrop to map all of their sensitive - crops    
• Read and follow spray label instructions. Ensure you are up to date with the APVMA label changes to 2,4-D products.
• Check the conditions before spraying. Do not spray when there is a surface temperature inversion.

Read more about preventing spray drift


Drought support available

Growers are being reminded that support is available for those battling drought.

The National Farmers’ Federation, which Cotton Australia is a member of, has collated a valuable resource for those on the land in need of assistance.

Growers are encouraged to visit Farmhub to find and receive the support that best suits their needs.

Explore available drought support now



NSW growers: get involved with AgSkilled

Growers in New South Wales are encouraged to investigate training opportunities available through the AgSkilled initiative.

AgSkilled is a direct partnership between Cotton Australia, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and the NSW Government, which is investing $14.7million over three years.

AgSkilled aims to upskill and better prepare the workforce for fast-moving change driven by industry innovation, research and technology through vocational education and training (VET).

Learn more about AgSkilled here


Be involved: weather forecasting software trial

Cotton Australia has been approached by DTN, a specialised provider of custom weather forecasting, to determine grower interest in a six month free trial of their service – WeatherSentry Online. You can find more information about DTN here.

This web-based service will provide data on current weather conditions, as well as localised, customised weather forecasts out to 14 days, with the first 72 hours broken down into hourly time-steps.

Participating growers must already have ( or be prepared to purchase and install) a Davis Automatic weather station. Data from this station and other publicly available data will provide the inputs for the customised forecasting.

Cotton Australia and DTN are looking for a maximum of 12 trial participants.

Grower Obligations

·       Provide DTN with access to their Davis weather station data.

·       Actively participate in monthly feedback sessions (Teleconference or similar, email), co-ordinated by Cotton Australia but run by DTN.  Designed to provide DTN with information on how their service is used, its value, and its impact on daily farming operational decisions.

·       A Participate in a Post-Trial assessment on the value of the service, and areas of potential improvement.

DTN’s Obligation

To provide grower participants with their localised, customised weather observations and forecasts using Weather Sentry.
Run feedback process and collate feedback information.

Cotton Australia’s Obligations

Recruit trail participants
Assist in co-ordinating feedback activities

Cost to growers – Provided you can provide access to a Davis weather station data stream from you property, there are no direct costs with participating in this trial. Your indirect costs will be investing the time to provide DTN with constructive feedback.  

If you would like to be considered for participation in this trial please email Michael Murray, Cotton Australia General Manager – , confirming your interest, your general location, and your access to a local (on-farm Davis weather station).


Support building for Buy From The Bush campaign

A social media campaign aiming to get Australians supporting drought-affected communities this Christmas continues to build.

The campaign is described as a ‘showcase of beautiful things to buy from rural communities facing drought’.

The Buy From the Bush campaign has gained more than 80,000 Instagram followers in the weeks since it was launched.

Growers and cotton communities are encouraged to spread the word about the campaign to help boost the support flowing in from the cities to regional towns and businesses.

Learn more here


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.

A great range of International and Australian speakers have been included on the agenda, which covers topics of interest across the whole supply change. Some of the key speakers will include:

  • Leanne Kemp – Chief Entrepreneur for Queensland
  • Kai Hughes - Executive Director, International Cotton Advisory Committee.
  • Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds - Executive Director, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Science (ABARES).
  • Dr Ann McDonald – Officer, Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
  • Sandon Adams  Managing Director - Australia, Oritain Global Limited.

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:

Click here for more information or to register