Bayer Cotton Grower of the Year showcased at field day

Faces from the Macintyre Valley cotton field day


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Simon, Brett and Peter Corish, Mundine, Goondiwindi, with agronomist Jim O'Conner.

Simon, Brett and Peter Corish, Mundine, Goondiwindi, with agronomist Jim O'Conner.

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The Corish family opened up their property, Mundine, near Goondiwindi on Wednesday to showcase why Brett and Anna Corish won Australian Cotton Grower of the Year in 2018.

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Cotton growers, agronomists, and industry representatives visited Mundine near Goondiwindi on Wednesday for the Bayer Cotton Grower of the Year field day. 

Brett and Anna Corish won the award in 2018, opening up the Corish family property to showcase their operation and this season's cotton crop. 

Brett said it was great to see a large attendance at the field day

"It's great to see people from the very bottom to the very top of the industry," he said.

"It's a sign of the jointness of the cotton industry, everyone getting around each other to support what we're doing and what we're achieving.

"These days mean people are able to network, seeing how others are operating and seeing how they're all coping through the current conditions."

The Corish family have 520 hectares of single-skip cotton planted at Mundine this year, and Brett said the season has been tough.

"Zero water allocation, so we're reliant on carryover water and we've had a very dry summer, probably one of the lowest on record," Brett said. 

"It's made the growing of the crop very challenging, trying to stretch waters." 

Planted mid-November, there had been no incrop rain until 100mm fell over the weekend.

"Rainfall of late has been very good, probably a touch late for most people but it has shown that it can rain again,"  Brett said. 

Mundine will begin defoliation in the next seven to 10 days, with pickers hitting the crops by mid-April.

Take a look at who was at the field day on Wednesday.

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