Dawson Valley set for cracking cotton season

Early cotton thriving in Dawson Valley


Simon Green, Badminton, Theodore, in his early cotton. Photo - Kelly Butterworth.

Simon Green, Badminton, Theodore, in his early cotton. Photo - Kelly Butterworth.

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Simon Green, Badminton, Theodore, said the cotton season is off to a great start after rain.

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DAWSON Valley Cotton Growers Association president Simon Green, Badminton, Theodore, said the region is going strong heading into summer after some good rainfall.

At home at Badminton, Mr Green has planted 300 hectares of cotton this year, with half going in on September 5, and the other half just planted. 

The majority is 747, and some is 748, which were both varieties he planted last year and had success with.  

Simon Green, Badminton, Theodore, in his early cotton. Photo - Kelly Butterworth.

Simon Green, Badminton, Theodore, in his early cotton. Photo - Kelly Butterworth.

He said this year’s crop is looking “really good".

“We have had, so far, only one in-crop irrigation, we've had good in-crop rain, the crop is currently about 18 nodes and still greater than 90 per cent retention,” he said. 

After putting down 13.6 seeds per metre, he said the early cotton has established about 11 plants/m, and he hadn’t counted the establishment of the later crop, but said it was looking good. 

He said he hoped the region will have full allocation heading into summer, with some in-flows into the river in the last few weeks. 

“If the season keeps going the way it is we should be fine,” he said. 

Simon Green, Badminton, Theodore, in his early cotton. Photo - Kelly Butterworth.

Simon Green, Badminton, Theodore, in his early cotton. Photo - Kelly Butterworth.

Overall, the valley is much less spread out than last year in regard to planting times, with about 60pc of the cotton planted in the earlier window.

Some later cotton is still going in the ground, and the opportunity for dryland crops to go in is being recognised after the rain. 

At Badminton Mr Green said they only had 20mm in the last falls.

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