This week Monsanto provided data to Cotton Australia from their recently completed planting audits that validated Cotton Australia’s previous planting estimates.
Cotton Australia had estimated the current crop at 445,000 green hectares and the audited Monsanto data had 444,000 hectares planted. With average yields we are on track for a crop of around 4 million bales. The breakdown has the irrigated hectares at 416,000 and the dryland green hectares 28,000.
The Gwydir valley has the largest planted area with 78,000 hectares in this season. The Lachlan and Murrumbidgee have around 40,000 hectares planted this year.