Basin Plan implementation agenda deserves support
Cotton Australia has called for ongoing bipartisan support for the implementation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan. The call follows the announcement by Assistant Minister for Agriculture & Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, of a six-point Implementation Agenda in order to complete the delivery of the Basin Plan.
Phenoxy protection: CottonMap reaches 389,000ha
CottonMap, one of the most important tools used in the fight against off-target spray drift, has already reached 389,000ha in coverage. With fallow spraying either already underway or coming your way soon, it’s important to use CottonMap to help protect your farm and also avoid off-target spraying. Following recent rainfall in northern and southern NSW, Cotton Australia activated an additional segment of its annual spray drift campaign. Click below to learn more about CottonMap and Cotton Australia’s annual spray drift campaign.
Central Highlands new grower workshops
Eighteen new and returning cotton growers recently attended workshops in the Central Highlands designed to make the 2017-18 season easier.
Queensland Cabinet announced: time for action
Cotton Australia has welcomed the announcement of the Queensland Government's Cabinet line-up, and has called for action on key outstanding issues.
Communications Coalition celebrates a year fighting the data drought
The Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalition (RRRCC) in November celebrated a year of fighting for improved connectivity in the bush. The Coalition, of which Cotton Australia is a member, has scored some wins in that time, with doubled monthly limits for Sky Muster users, the launch of the nbn local team, and the ACCC’s paper on addressing regional mobile issues among them. The campaign gained even more significance recently with the release of the findings of the Precision to Decision (P2D) project, which established that unlocking the full potential of digital agriculture could increase the value of agricultural production by $20.3 billion. Click below to learn more about the RRRCC and the P2D Project.
CottonInfo has issued a reminder about risks to bees, which are susceptible to some insecticides sometimes used on cotton farms. Bees are more likely to be in areas attractive for foraging, such as close to water sources, flowering crops, weeds or native vegetation. The ‘Pesticides and the Environment’ section of the Cotton Pest Management Guide has more information. Growers can help protect bees by utilising the ‘BeeConnected’ app.
CRDC releases its Annual Report
The CRDC has released its 2016-17 Annual Report, outlining $24.1 million into 350 RD&E projects in collaboration with 122 research partners and growers who conducted on-farm trials across five key program areas: farmers, industry, customers, people and performance.
Cotton qualitative report: 2016-17 season
Crop Consultants Australia and the CRDC have launched the annual qualitative survey of cotton consultants. The document reports on consultants’ practices and attitudes, as well as those of their grower clients, and helps to benchmark the industry’s performance in a range of key areas.
Global cotton production to increase in 2017-18: ICAC
Following two years of declining planted area, global cotton area for 2017-18 is projected to increase by 11% to 32.5 million hectares, according to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC). Global cotton mill use is also expected to grow by 3% to 25.2 million tons.
Managing public holidays in the silly season
The People In Agriculture website has released a useful table listing Christmas-New Year public holidays across all state jurisdictions. People In Agriculture is a handy resource for farm employers, covering pay rates, awards, leave, hiring and more.
NFF elects new Directors
The membership of the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), which includes Cotton Australia, has elected a number of new Directors and voted to change the tenure of Board members at its AGM on November 28, 2017. Director terms changed from one year to three, with a maximum of two terms able to be served.