Cotton growers enthusiastic despite seasonal setback

19 June, 2003

CSD general manager, Adam Kay, participating in the annual CSD Information Tour, said attendance at Mungindi, Emerald, Theodore, St George, Dalby and Goondiwindi, had been above expectations, with keen interest shown in trial data on new varieties and new Bollgard® II technology.

CSD has 22 varieties available this year, plus a further 12 available on request for specific plantings situations.

These include a suite of eight conventional, four INGARD®, three Roundup Ready® INGARD®, and two Roundup Ready® varieties, as well as two new conventional varieties and four new Bollgard® II varieties.

Mt Kay said growers were showing most interest in varieties with good Fusarium and Verticillium wilt resistance rankings.

“CSD has several varieties in these categories, including its two new conventional varieties, Sicala 45 and Siokra V-18, and a standout Bollgard® II variety, Sicot 14B,” he said.

“Sicala 45 has the best resistance against Fusarium wilt of any of the 34 CSD varieties available to growers this year, and is among the top three varieties for Verticillium wilt resistance, while Siokra V-18 is also among the top three for Verticillium, and has a good record so far against Fusarium.

“The new Bollgard® II variety, Sicot 14B also has an excellent combination of Fusarium and Verticillium wilt resistance, as does Sicot 289RRi and Sicot 289i,” Adam Kay said.

The CSD Grower Information Tour continues in NSW centres (Hillston, Narromine, Warren, Wee Waa, Moree and Gunnedah) June 23-27 inclusive.

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Brett Austin and John Marshall, Theodore

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Lunch in Goondiwindi

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Dinner in Dalby

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John Fuelling, Bill Arthur & Kylie Fuelling – Dalby

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Peter Reid, Greg Jensen & Peter Galea

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Ross Whittaker, Adam Kay & Wayne Reeves – Emerald

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Nigel Burnett, winner of the Wallaby guernsey signed by Nick Farr Jones with CSD general manager, Adam Kay (right) at the CSD Information tour meeting at Emerald.

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Neil Pfeffer, winner of the Nick Farr Jones signed Wallaby footy jumper at the CSD Dalby meting, with CSD general manager, Adam Kay (right).

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Gavin Mann and CSIRO plant breeder Peter Reid at the CSD Information tour meeting at Theodore.

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Ian Haylor, Maryanne and Greg Bender at the Dalby CSD information tour meeting.

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Mike Beeston, Tyson Cross and Ian Coventry at the CSD meeting at Goondiwindi.

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Scott Brimblecombe winner Wallabies Guernsey signed by Nick Farr Jones at St George

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Ian Burnett & David Parlato – Emerald

Further Information: *Robert Eveleigh**, John Marshall, Greg Kauter or Craig McDonald