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Cotton crop tops 4 million bales
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Mar '11
Continuing the remarkable post drought resurgence for Australian cotton, the industry is now predicting this year's national harvest will be the largest ever recorded, producing around 4,056,000 cotton bales.

Cotton Australia's production forecast estimates1,785,000 bales will be grown in Queensland, while NSW will account for 2,271,000 of the national total, giving a harvest worth around $2,291,866,000.

Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay says while the floods brought significant challenges for many growers, good management and the delivery of expert advice has given some growers the chance to salvage or recover inundated cotton crops.

“While most people will remember the start of this year as flood, cyclone, flood, the season has actually produced very good cotton growing conditions allowing for some recovery of crops that went under water.”

“Growers unaffected by the floods are telling us they expect to harvest personal best crops in many areas and that productivity is driving the national crop forecast upwards.”

Mr Kay says cotton harvesting has already begun, starting at Emerald in Queensland and will progressively move south, finishing when the last cotton crop is picked around Griffith in New South Wales.

The previous record Australian cotton harvest was before the drought back in 2000/01, when around 3.6million bales were produced.

Cotton Australia's Chief Executive says while having such a bumper crop is great, the actual dimensions of the job ahead brings some additional challenges.

“With such a massive crop predicted, we are still looking to recruit enough workers to harvest and gin our cotton. Anyone interested in spending a few months working in cotton country can call our HarvestHelp line on 1800 062 332,” Mr Kay said.

Cotton Australia

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