Cotton Variety Trials Enhanced Not Abandoned

07 November, 2006

__Despite a sharp reduction in cotton plantings projected for this season, Cotton Seed Distributors has again established a comprehensive cotton variety trial program in all production areas of NSW and Queensland except Lake Tandou – where no water is available.

CSD spokesman, Rob Eveleigh, said continuation of the extensive trial program would not have been possible without the outstanding co-operation of growers, many of whom would plant restricted commercial areas this season due to drought and price factors.

“CSD has over 60 variety trials planned for 2006, with 58 trials already planted and the remaining dryland trials to be planted as soon a planting rains allow.

“At some locations, such as Bourke and Walgett, growers have allowed CSD field space to plant variety trials when their own overall planted area is miniscule,” he said.

Rob Eveleigh commented that large-scale variety trials are an important part of the continual improvement of cotton varieties for the industry’s benefit.

“This season will see the first large-scale testing of several new Roundup Ready Flex varieties, as well as new high-yielding conventional lines that are expected to replace the elite Sicot 71 family over the next few years.”

He noted that improved CSIRO varieties account for over 40 per cent of the yield gains obtained by Australian cotton growers over the last 30 years.

Growers will be able to view the progress of variety trials in their area by visiting www.csd.net.au and following the links to Trials on Line, or by contacting any member of the CSD extension and development team.

Further information: Rob Eveleigh 0427 915 921

Picture: Long-term CSD trial co-operator Mr John Hamparsum (Drayton) Breeza inspects a variety trial on his farm.