Dryland Cotton Information Meetings

29 August, 2002

Challenging seasonal conditions have been experienced over the winter by most dryland farmers. With the SOI now sitting in the negative what are prospects for successful dryland summer crops?. What are the yield and quality considerations for dryland cotton? What are the management options when growing cotton with a negative SOI.

These and other topics will be presented at meetings to be held at Bellata, North Star and Dalby on the 9th and 10th of September. See below for venues and starting times.

CSIRO researchers will present long term crop performance data from years with negative SOI’s generated using the APSIM model . The model can also be used to look at planting opportunity probabilities and the impact of row configuration and soil moisture levels on yield.

Roundup Ready cotton is now an option for dryland producers. Grant Roberts will discuss the advantages and pitfalls of this technology for dryland growers, including how to control volunteers.

Price prospects for the coming season will also be discussed by cotton marketers.

The development of new dryland cotton varieties, including the introduction of
INGARD® cotton, and development of Bollgard II® by the CSIRO cotton breeders will also be of interest to dryland growers.

Meeting Details

Bellata – 9th of Sept – Begins with breakfast at 7.00 am at the Bellata Golf Club.
North Star – 9th of Sept – 2.00pm till 4.00pm at the North Star Sporting Club
Dalby – 10th of Sept – 10.00am till 12.00pm at the Dalby RSL Club.

Further Information: Robert Eveleigh, John Marshall, Greg Kauter or Craig McDonald