Opportunities and challenges for cotton, ahead of the 2020-21 season

09 July, 2020

Cotton production 2020-21 The global cotton crop is forecast to fall by 2.8%, driven by an anticipated fall in the price of cotton. Reduction of the cotton price is due to a combination of cotton mill interruptions during 2020, coupled with low oil prices and competition from synthetic fibre....

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An update on cotton production across Northern Australia

29 June, 2020

As picking draws to a close in many of Australia’s traditional cotton growing regions and the smallest crop on record is being processed through the cotton gins, many are keenly watching as the ever expanding industry in Northern Australia begins to defoliate and pickers roll into fields...

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CSD offers free carryover planting seed retest service

25 May, 2020

While it is still some time away, preparation for the 2020-21 cotton season begins with the review of inputs, including cotton seed. For some growers, the 2019-20 season may have been smaller than originally planned and as a result, they may have carry over seed stored for a future...

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Segmented picking – how is it done and what does it tell us?

28 April, 2020

At this time of the season, the CSD Extension & Development Team are busy doing their final assessments on variety trial and Ambassador fields. We’re sometimes asked what exactly this entails and how is the data useful? The final ‘End of Season’ assessment measures height, nodes,...

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A showcase of innovation and collaboration at CSD Field Day

04 March, 2020

Despite the good rainfall making a field visit impossible, another highly successful field day was hosted by CSD and the Lower Namoi Cotton Growers Association this year. With full profiles of moisture, the cotton outlook for next year has raised enthusiasm in the industry. Around 100 growers,...

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Cut-out at demonstrations sites in the South Burnett and Fraser Coast

18 February, 2020

What is cut-out, and why is it important? Cut-out and flowering to the top are often confused as the same growth stage. At cut-out there are still many potential squares to be developed, and the timing of cut-out is often used as a gauge of the fruiting window and yield potential. Flowering...

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The impact on final yield of the first fruiting branch position

22 January, 2020

Due to a staggered start to planting in some areas this cotton season there have been wide variations in the position of the first fruiting branch (FFB) on cotton plants. There have been reports of the FFB being on up to the 11th node, due to delays with issues like the length of time to pre...

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Using trial data to help make tough decisions

29 November, 2019

While most regions are down on area this season due to the prolonged drought, we are ‘one day closer to it breaking’. Many growers have fields ready to go when we get good rain in November and December. We also know how quickly some of our major dams can fill, as seen in 2012 and 2016. While...

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A shout out to our trial co-operators

23 October, 2019

With planting well underway, the 2019-20 cotton season has officially kicked off in most growing valleys across Australia. As with most of the Eastern seaboard, cotton growers are facing limited water resources this season, meaning that most growers have had to cut their planting areas...

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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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