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Covering The Banana Shire
Central West Queensland

Business & Rural

26 March, 2021

Cott(on) top of it

PICKING is just starting up in the valley, and despite starting the season with a zero per cent water allocation, cotton growers are happy with how the season turned out.


Cotton picking is just starting up in the Shire. PHOTO: supplied.

PICKING is just starting up in the valley, and despite starting the season with a zero per cent water allocation, cotton growers are happy with how the season turned out.
  
According to Regional Manager for the Callide Dawson Valley Kelly Becker, the season had been kind to the growers, with early indications of some good yields currently coming off.  

“The August 1 to December 31, planting window had begun initially with a zero percent water allocation for the industry, which was reportedly not unusual as farmers wait for a run in the river,” said Ms Becker. 

In August, small areas of replanting were necessary as soil temperatures were too cool.  

But the rains did come up the top of the catchment, with a small November run in the river, allocations increased for Medium Priority A growers to 25 per cent and five per cent for Medium Priority growers. 

“Crop rain has been hit and miss over the season,” Ms Becker said. 

“Temperature-wise, there have been hot periods, but generally a milder summer for better growing conditions suited for the cotton.” 

Despite the insect pressure, prices for growers have “held well” with bales currently going for around $580. 

“Anything above $500 is good money,” said Ms Becker. 

 


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