Cotton continues to be the summer crop of choice in Southern NSW, as forecasts suggest that cotton will surpass rice as the largest irrigated crop in the area this season.
CSD Extension and Development Agronomist for Southern NSW, Jorian Millyard says that there could be an increase in the planting area of 15,000 hectares above last season.
“Our water allocation is strong, and with current returns per megalitre and per hectare being very positive for cotton, growth in the south has once again been highly favoured.
“Growers are continuing to see the benefits of cotton with the introduction of the latest high yielding, high quality varieties, combined with improvements in crop management and technology. These factors are all making cotton easier to grow and facilitating expansion into newer production areas, such as Deniliquin, Horsham, Warragoon, Barham and Durham.”
Many existing growers are also planting more than previous years, despite the challenges of last season.
“Last season we saw wet conditions cause delays in planting, and extreme heat later in the season resulting in lower yields than many growers had hoped,” said Jorian.