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Cotton is planted in September and picked in April-May.  In recent years the picking season has been very short due to the fact that drought has seriously lessened the amount of cotton that has been grown in eastern Australia.
Narrabri Shire is the heart of the Namoi Valley.  Although most of the cotton grown in the area is irrigated, an increasing amount of being “rain grown”.  The irrigation water comes from two sources – underground and from the Namoi River which is fed by Keepit Dam (situated between Tamworth and Gunnedah.)

Because Narrabri Shire is the geographic centre of the cotton industry in Australia, much of its support infrastructure including research facilities, seed  production and ginning  is found in this Shire.


• Cotton is a natural fibre and makes up just under half of all the fibre sold in the world.
• Cotton grows on a plant that is a member of the Hibiscus family.
• Cotton is a leafy, green shrub that briefly has cream and pink flowers that become the ‘fruit’ or cotton bolls.
• Cotton is a perennial shrub that reaches a height of 3.5 metres.
• Commercially grown cotton only reaches a height of 1.2 metres.
• The growing season from emergence to picking is approximately 180 days.
• The cotton plant has a deep tap root (1.5 metres)
• Cotton plants prefer hot summers with low humidity and long hours of sunlight.
• Cotton is fairly drought-tolerant but requires regular and adequate moisture to produce profitable yields.
• Fibre from the cotton plant is made into yarn and fabric, the seeds are crushed for oil or animal feed, and the leaves are turned into mulch.
• Cotton is grown in over 90 countries, 75 of which are developing nations.
• The Main Cotton countries are China, USA, India, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan.

More information on the Cotton Industry can be found at the following links

Crop Consultants
Wincott - Women in Cotton


Rayleigh Poll Herefords

Rayleigh Poll Herefords

Burren Junction and Wee Waa

Rayleigh Poll Hereford Stud was established in 1957 and is situated on the Northern Plains of NSW, half way between Wee Waa and Walgett. Sold annually are 25-30 select bulls through our Annual on property Bull Sale, held in July and also through private treaty.  We additionally offer 1-2 select sires through the Hereford Australia Dubbo National Show and Sale, to showcase amongst the breed what we are trying to achieve as a stud. In conjunction with our Bull Sale is our Annual Open Day, where Sires and Females from our Autumn program are on display to demonstrate consistency and type.
Tuesday, 11 April 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (76)/Comments (0)/
Work commences on $41m cotton redevelopment

Work commences on $41m cotton redevelopment

By Grain Central, 30 January 2017

Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD), the Australian cotton industry’s primary seed supplier, has commenced site work on the $41 million development of its ‘Shenstone’ cotton seed processing plant and laboratory near Wee Waa in north-west NSW.

An artist's impression of the completed Cotton Seed Distributors redevelopment.  At the back of the complex are the existing buildings.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/

The CottonInfo Moisture Manager

Cotton info 23 January 2017

In this edition:
Australian rainfall (week ending 23 January 2017)
Summary of climate indicators
Rainfall and temperature guidance summary
Tropical Hazards Outlook (18-31 January)
30-day Mean Sea Level Pressure Anomaly
AWAP Soil Moisture Status (15 January, 2017)
Looking for fine weather at Emerald (CQ)
Monday, 23 January 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
Categories: AgricultureCotton
Farmers urged to register for backpacker tax rate or risk having to withhold higher rate

Farmers urged to register for backpacker tax rate or risk having to withhold higher rate

ABC Rural News

Farmers and labour contractors that employ backpackers are being urged to register with the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to take advantage of the new tax rate.
Wednesday, 4 January 2017/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
Farmers and beekeepers urged to use BeeConnected

Farmers and beekeepers urged to use BeeConnected

Cotton Australia News Flash

Cotton Australia has joined with the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) in calling on all farmers and beekeepers to use BeeConnected to better communicate with each other to protect bees and crops.
Farmers and beekeepers should use this checklist:
Wednesday, 21 December 2016/Author: Kate Schwager/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/

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