January: the month for picking - and planting!

31 January, 2018


Cotton picking is underway in Central Queensland, with a number of growers who took advantage of the early planting window commencing harvest last week.

Among them were CSD Extension & Development Agronomists, Sam Lee and Larissa Holland, who picked CSD’s first variety trial for the 2017-18 season at Cowal Agriculture’s ‘Brayland’, near Emerald. After a pleasing season with no major seasonal constraints and a clean pick, positive results are expected after ginning in February.

On the other side of the country, Kimberley Agricultural Investment (KAI) are preparing to plant the first commercial cotton crop in the Ord Irrigation Scheme since 2011. Approximately 350 hectares of irrigated cotton are due to be planted in the coming weeks, weather permitting. Meanwhile, a large area of dryland cotton is almost fully planted at Georgetown in North Queensland’s Gulf Country.