New Extension and Development Agronomist for Cotton Seed Distributors

03 July, 2019


Stewart Brotherton

Cotton Seed Distributors Ltd (CSD) has appointed a new Extension and Development Agronomist, Stewart Brotherton, in a newly created role to service and grow the Central and North Queensland cotton industries.

From his base in Emerald, Stewart will manage the Central and North Queensland variety trial and Ambassador Network Programs, and agronomic research and extension activities in the region.

“The appointment of Stewart reflects the changing nature of cotton production in Central Queensland, and CSD’s commitment to growing and supporting the industry,” said James Quinn, CSD’s Marketing, Extension and Development Lead.

“The strong uptake of CSD varieties containing Bollgard® 3 technology has seen the Central Queensland cotton industry transition from a six-week planting window to a 5-month planting window, significantly increasing the opportunities for dryland cotton in the region.

“The Central Highlands is an established cotton growing region, but we see significant opportunities for expansion of the cotton industry north, east and south of Emerald and into the Burdekin region,” said James.

Stewart brings a strong background in cotton agronomy, broadacre cropping and grower liaison, having previously worked for North West Seeds in Goondiwindi, and as a Senior Agronomist and partner at CQ Ag Services in Emerald.

The appointment of Stewart complements the efforts of Sam Lee and Chris Barry, who previously managed CSD’s Central Queensland portfolio from their base at Dalby. Sam and Chris have since taken on new responsibilities to in developing and expanding the cotton industry in Northern Australia and the Fraser Coast of Queensland.

With operations based in Wee Waa, NSW and Dalby, QLD, CSD’s primary objective is to deliver locally adapted, high yielding and high quality cotton varieties supported by strong extension activities to help growers extract the best value from these varieties. A team of 12 Extension and Development Agronomists service the cotton industry from Southern NSW, through to Northern Queensland, and now into Western Australia and the Northern Territory.