Successful Year for CSD

03 December, 2002

Cotton Seed Distributors reported a number of major policy, production, research and marketing initiatives at its annual general meeting held at Wee Waa on May 15.

CSD chairman, John Grellman outlined the major features of another successful year as:
• The construction and commissioning of a new “state of the art” seed delinting,bagging and treatment facility
• The introduction of new generation Ingard and Roundup Ready varieties
• Preparation and planning for the introduction of further Ingard and conventional varieties
• Expansion of quality control protocols aimed at reducing the incidence and spread of fusarium wilt
• Continuation of significant financial support for cotton industry research and development
• Ongoing financial support for Australian Cotton Growers biannual research conference
• Acquisition of an irrigation property (“Little Mollee”) to facilitate the development and commercial implementation of new cotton cultivars and new technology
• The pursuit of complementary growth opportunities in international markets.

General manager Adam Kay, said CSD had obtained a provisional patent for its new seed production process.

The new process involves four production stages:
• delinting of fuzzy seed to produce black untreated seed in bulk bags
• quality testing while in bulk bags
• application of seed treatment chemicals
• conversion of seed from bulk bags to 20kg bags for farm use

Mr Kay said CSD could now hold a larger volume of seed in pre-treated black form, with a more flexible capacity to respond at short notice to grower demands for both varieties and seed treatments.
He said this was particularly important in changing water availability or cotton price scenarios, and in response to spontaneous changes in replant or dryland seed demand.
Mr Kay said the new production process resulted in a 40 per cent increase in the efficiency of the delinting facility; significantly higher annual seed throughput; better inventory management, and at a lower cost; less wastage and cost of seed chemicals; a more efficient quality testing regime; and overall savings in operational costs.

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