Cotton Fibre Quality Accolades

03 December, 2002

The cotton harvest in Queensland and northern NSW has again demonstrated the value of CSIRO-bred cotton varieties, particularly the CSD varieties Sicot 189 and Sicot 289i, and also Sicot 53.

High yields and consistent colour grades with base grade micronaire and length have been reported in these varieties from Central Queensland to the Border Rivers region.

CSD extension and development agronomist, John Marshall, said key marketing personnel from Queensland Cotton, Matt Robens and Owen Goddard, said the three varieties were not recording micronaire levels above 4.9, which are subject to significant discounts in some other varieties.

These observations have also been confirmed by Matt Oswald from the Twynam Group’s Colly Farms.

John Marshall said the season had obviously suited the CSD stable of full season varieties, which had been managed to maximise their full yield and fibre quality potential.

__Greg Kauter, CSD extension and development agronomist in the Border Rivers region, said that while some varieties had produced variable yields and significant discounts for both high micronaire and short fibre length, the performance of Sicot 189 and Sicot 289i had been very consistent.

Mr Kauter also attributed the performance of these varieties to their ability to handle disease incursions, with 189 particularly suited to situations where verticillium and fusarium occurred together.

He said he was also impressed with the performance of 189 in eastern areas, suggesting that the CSD mainstay variety had excelled from east of Goondiwindi to west of Mungindi.

Alex Sullivan and Manager Brian Worgan ""Mullala"" Boggabilla harvesting Sicot 189

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