HuntAg Solutions agronomist Jim Hunt provides a cotton update

ON THE MOVE: One of hundreds of trucks carrying cotton makes its way through Breeza. Photo: Billy Jupp
ON THE MOVE: One of hundreds of trucks carrying cotton makes its way through Breeza. Photo: Billy Jupp

AFTER a long,dry summer, cotton farmers across the region are beginning to bail and transport the last of their cotton crops.

Since mid-April, growers across the North West have been busy harvesting and bailing the finished product of thousands of hectares of cotton.

Gunnedah agronomist Jim Hunt told Fairfax Media majority of irrigated cotton had performed well in the region.

“The yields of most crops around the region have been surprisingly good,” Mr Hunt said.

“It’s a very surprising result given how dry it is and the fact most producers would have gone close to using their full allocation of water.

“Overall I’d say yields and turnouts have been quite good.” 

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The HuntAg Solutions agronomist said while irrigated cotton was above average it was a forgettable year for dry-land cotton.

“Given there was very little rain around to help out, it was a below-average year for dry-land cotton,” he said.

“However, for those who did manage to have a good dry-land year the current price should probably compensate them.”

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