Dryland 18-19: The year that was - and why we wish it wasn’t!

03 May, 2019

With the pickers and (largely) strippers are now rolling across the dryland cotton crop, it would be safe to assume that most growers and consultants will be happy to see the end of this season. But despite some very tough drought conditions dominating the dryland cotton landscape, there are...

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CSD hosts strategic planning joint venture meeting

28 March, 2019

This week, CSD hosted the six-monthly strategic planning meeting for the joint venture between Bayer, CSD and CSIRO focussing on cotton germplasm exchange, trait access and a global review of the cotton industry. As part of the meeting, the group was also able to tour local cotton research...

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CSD farewells Phil Steel

28 March, 2019

After 22 years at Cotton Seed Distributors and a total of 34 years in the wider cotton industry, Philip Steel is retiring. After spending 11 years with the NSW Department of Agriculture as a regulatory officer, setting up quality assurance systems for cotton export products, Phil joined CSD in...

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The effects of high day and night temperatures on fruit development

25 March, 2019

The 2018 -2019 summer has been described as one of the hottest summers on record. High day temperatures, when combined with high night temperatures can affect plant transpiration processes and fibre production, and therefore yields. Fibre quality, namely micronaire, can be affected because of...

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Cotton Grower Associations and NT growers visit CSD

28 February, 2019

CSD recently hosted a group of representatives from Cotton Grower Associations from across NSW and QLD, as well as a group of growers and industry representatives from the Northern Territory. The growers toured our new seed production, storage and dispatch facilities, as well as the Quality...

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‘Tis the field day season

25 February, 2019

February and March see the roll out of field days across the industry, with good attendance as well as a good mix of things to look at. In the south there have been several field days looking at irrigation management systems, nutrition, herbicide and disease, as well as beneficial insects...

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Using CottASSIST’s ‘LEFT’ tool to optimise the timing of cut out

25 February, 2019

As most crops are coming into cut out and bolls start to open, growers are beginning to think about yield potential. Boll factors are one way to estimate yield potential, but they can also be notoriously misleading. Boll counts are often inaccurate yield indicators. As a rule of thumb, 12-14...

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