Soil temperature mapping to guide cotton sowing

03 October, 2019

Sowing and establishment is a critical time in cotton production, so simple rules based on soil temperatures and air temperature forecasts have been developed to help guide growers with the decision making. However, in some areas the soil temperature sensor network used to inform cotton sowing...

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Planting kicks off for Central Queensland cotton

16 September, 2019

Planting started on the 7th of August in Central Queensland this season. With a cold change in mid-August and soil temperature falling below 14°C at planting, watering was stopped until conditions improved. In previous seasons, the early planted crops in particular have been quite successful,...

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Treat, test and dispatch - how CSD’s seed supply process works

19 August, 2019

The Australian cotton industry is continuing to expand and evolve, with the 2018-19 season seeing cotton planted from the NSW/VIC border, right through to Central Queensland and in pockets of far Northern QLD, NT and WA. The extended planting window means that cotton seed is being ordered and...

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CSD launches new website

31 July, 2019

After a year-long upgrade and review process, CSD has launched a new website, enabling growers, advisors and industry participants to access information, tools and reports quicker and more easily than ever before. The new website features a streamlined, modern design, improved functionality...

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A northern cotton industry update

27 June, 2019

In most of the cotton valleys across eastern Australia, the 2018-19 cotton season is all but wound up. The vast majority of fields have been picked, mulched and all kinds of ground work have been done in preparation for either a winter crop, or a fallow until the next crop goes in the ground....

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2019 CSD Cotton Management Tour - options in a dry year

17 May, 2019

The 2019 CSD Cotton Management Tour (CMT) is on its way again. This year the CSD Extension & Development (E&D) team kick off in Emerald on the 12th of June and then head south in July. With the current dry conditions the CMT will have a focus on growing cotton under dry/limited water...

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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 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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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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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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